Hospitality and Tourism Employment Pipeline

Hospitality and Tourism

Be a part of the largest and fastest growing industry in the world. Statistics within the industry show that a new hospitality job is created every 2.5 seconds, making it a vital sector of the world’s economy. In the United States alone, there are more than half-million hospitality jobs — a number that’s expected to substantially increase in the years ahead.

Hospitality and tourism represent a broad range of career opportunities that include:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Meeting and event planning
  • Leisure, recreation and sports management 
  • Airlines, cruises and other transportation
  • Spa and wellness management

About This Program

It is offered exclusively at Gilbert A. Dater High School to students that are enrolled in the Culinary Arts Career Tech Pathway. This is a one-year program available to juniors and seniors.

GPA Required to Enter the Program 

Students must have a 2.0 GPA and a recommendation from a teacher, school counselor or principal, a 93 percent attendance rate, and on-track for graduation.

"Travel to the Cincinnati region is at an all-time high, and with that, there is a need for a more robust workforce in the hospitality industry."

—Julie Calvert, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Classroom Instruction

For the first semester, students will attend classes at Dater High School. The course will introduce students to the many aspects of hospitality, including food, lodging, attractions, sports and much more.

To get acquainted with the numerous career options, students will tour such places as the Great American Ball Park and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to meet and talk with employees, managers and executives.

Industry Credential

The Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) is an industry credential; however, Ohio does not identify CTA as a credential that can be applied toward points for graduation. 

"The Hospitality Employment Program has given me the opportunity to gain real work experience, giving me the chance to participate in my dream career as a pastry chef. I'm really grateful I had a chance to be a part of this."

—Julie Martinez Lopez, Gilbert A. Dater High School

Work-Based Learning

Upon completing the first semester and earning the CTA certificate, students have an opportunity to apply for a work-based learning opportunity during the second semester. For 10 weeks, students work side-by-side with hospitality and tourism
employees to get an up-close look at this vast career field.

Students earn an hourly wage determined by the employer but can expect a wage of approximately $10 an hour.

Work sites could include:

  • Cincinnati USA Visitors Bureau
  • Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel
  • Sweet Petit Desserts
  • Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

While working at a hospitality site is not a requirement of the program, students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity if they are anticipating a future career in hospitality/tourism.

Transportation to Work Site

Students must provide transportation to the work site. Some assistance may be available.

Our Partners

  • Gilbert A. Dater High School
  • Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau / The Dan Lincoln Institute for Hospitality Leadership
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission