Hospitality & Tourism

Hospitality - Krinkey Kelsi 2 - McFarlan

Hospitality, Lodging, & Tourism encompass the management, marketing, and operation of restaurants, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel related services.

ALL hospitality and tourism service workers need to possess good customer service skills. The Hospitality, Lodging, and Tourism YA program is structured to require industry-wide foundational skills and industry-specific technical skills.

This school-to-work program offers a variety of experiences and is applicable for a student who has expressed an interest in customer service, culinary arts, travel, tourism, lodging, or a hospitality business management career. This program makes for an attractive career option for students with a strong desire to work with many different people in travel and leisure services.


“Working at the Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce has helped my customer service skills. In my position, I respond to information requests from people planning to visit Mount Horeb. At the Chamber they use lots of different programs to make flyers or campaigns, and working with these programs will help me with my future career.”

Ava Magnuson, Class of 2019, Mount Horeb

Frequently asked questions


YA students are required to perform all of the Core Employability and Safety & Security skills at the worksite. Level One (one year) YA students choose technical competencies from a MINIMUM of TWO units. Level Two (two year) YA students complete competencies from a MINIMUM of FOUR units.

Career Opportunities

Hospitality and tourism industries comprise of establishments engaged in a number of travel and leisure activities. The leisure and hospitality sector makes up a large percentage of employment in Wisconsin and offers tremendous opportunity for career growth or entrepreneurial ventures. This career cluster prepares students for careers that encompass the management, marketing and operation of restaurants, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel related services. People employed in this cluster work in a variety of settings. Students in hospitality, lodging and tourism learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-secondary opportunities. These opportunities could include two or four-year college programs, apprenticeships or employment. The Youth Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with Career and Technical Education courses will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers. Career Opportunities:

  • Chef/Head Cook
  • Event Planner
  • Resort and Hotel Management
  • Equipment and Facility Maintenance
  • Parks and Garden Activity Coordinator
  • Tour Guide
  • Dietitian
  • Guest Room Attendant
  • Catering Operator
  • Travel Services

Enterance Criteria

  • Entering junior or senior status
  • Display a genuine interest in the Hospitality and Tourism Pathway
  • Have previously enrolled in introductory pathway specific courses
  • Register for concurrent related courses
  • Submit a completed application along with references
  • Interview effectively and get hired
  • Maintain a high level of attendance
  • Secure transportation to the job
  • On-track for high school graduation


Course options for the Hospitality Tourism unit will very depending on which unit of emphasis mentioned above you are pursuing. Most schools will offer a number of business and marketing courses. Communication skills are a priority with the this program. Other courses can be taken at the Madison Area Technical College. To see what skills are taught at the worksite please click on the Youth Apprenticeship Checklist listed below. DCSC Hospitality Program Info

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