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Academy of Hospitality & Tourism


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Why has Nease ventured into the world of Hospitality and Tourism?  Because it’s a growing, thriving global industry with solid roots in St. Johns County.  Hospitality and Tourism creates thousands of jobs, generates tremendous amounts of money, and is continuing to grow in our backyard, and around the globe. 

In the St. Johns County Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, students earn industry certifications in Servsafe Manager, Social Media Strategist, and in Entrepreneurship & Small Business.  Through the curriculum, they have the opportunity to run their own hotel, restaurant, and sports arena through computer simulations.  Field trip opportunities allow Academy students to see Hospitality and Tourism firsthand, by visiting local hotels and attractions to learn how they’re managed.  Our business partners also offer summer internships to Academy students, so they can start building their Hospitality resume before they even graduate high school.

Academy students learn how to run reservation software at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Ponte Vedra
Academy students attend a business lunch to meet with professionals in the hospitality industry.
Academy students attend a business lunch to meet with professionals in the hospitality industry.
Students take in local tourist sights while promoting our program.
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Students tour the historic Flagler College campus, and learn about the school’s new Hospitality and Tourism major.
Nease is focused on your student’s future as we train the next generation of Hospitality and Tourism professionals

Course Progression Plan:

Hospitality and Tourism Program of Study for 2022-2023

  • 9th – Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism
  • 10th – Technology for Hospitality & Tourism
  • 11th – Travel & Tourism Marketing Management
  • 12th — Hospitality & Tourism Entrepreneurship

Industry Certifications:

  • Social Media Strategy Certification
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Certification
  • Cert. Food Protection Manager – ServSafe