Hospitality High Schools

Preparing Texas students for in-demand, high-skill, and high-wage careers within the Texas Hospitality & Tourism industry.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) engaged our lodging industry leaders, and high school and post-secondary educators on the development of statewide programs. The industry input yielded three programs of study within the Hospitality & Tourism career cluster:

  • Lodging & Resort Management
  • Travel, Tourism, & Attractions
  • Culinary Arts

Visit the TEA Programs of Study website for additional information on Hospitality and Tourism career cluster programs of study.

View TEA’s visual representation of the school districts currently offering a Lodging and Resort Management program of study.

Industry Partners

Research has shown that students are more likely to complete college or technical training in the industry where they are afforded opportunities to participate in work-based learning experiences like internships or job shadowing. Work-based learning opportunities provide students with relevant work experiences and open the door to increased occupational opportunities. Please complete the form if you would like more information and support in becoming an industry partner to increase exposure to the exciting careers that exist in the hotel industry.

School Districts

There is great value in having collaboration between educationand industry. The collaboration provides a common language across education and industry and enhances student preparation for industry success. When education leaders partner with industry leaders, more robust work based learning opportunities exist for students. Please complete the form to request additional support in developing education-industry partnerships in the hotel industry.

Hospitality Educators Association of Texas

HEAT is the only Texas professional development association to encompass membership from culinary, hospitality and tourism educators from secondary and post-secondary institutions. The membership also includes representatives from the Hospitality industry as well as members from professional associations representing the Hospitality Industry in Texas. HEAT is recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). HEAT provides educator professional development, information resources, strong connections to industry, student scholarships, and educator recognition. 

Debbie Wieland, with the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, can facilitate hotel industry partnerships with Texas high schools and can provide assistance to school districts in implementing a Lodging & Resort Management program of study.