THLA's Hotel Summer Camp Gives High School Students Special Introduction into Careers in Hotel Industry
The Texas Hotel and Lodging Association hosted three High School Hotel Summer Camps in Dallas and Houston in June. The camps provided over 150 students, including students from Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Center and Dr. R.W. Goines Stem Academy, with an opportunity to experience the hotel industry as both the front-of-the-house as well as guests and the back-of-the-house as potential future staff members. Students and teachers attended camps at the Westin Galleria Dallas or the Hilton University of Houston.
The camp instructors introduced students to exciting careers in the hotel industry and conducted campus tours of colleges that offer hotel training programs at the University of Houston and the University of North Texas (for south and north Texas area students, respectively.) Both universities also offered tours for students. In addition to learning about the hotel industry, students attended sessions on Business Dinner Etiquette, SMART Goal Setting, How to Present Yourself in a Digital World, and Job Search Strategies. They also earned a Texas Friendly Hospitality Ambassador Customer Service Certification.
Each of the camps culminated with a college and career fair that provided students with the opportunity to practice the skills acquired during the camp. The students also learned about hotel colleges and hotel employers, and they were even able to secure summer employment.