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Prepare for a career in Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition.

Overview

Pathways in the Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation sector prepare graduates to work in hospitality as chefs, food scientists, nutritionists, and more.

Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications as well as participate in paid and unpaid internships.

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

Sample Hospitality Courses

The specialized food and nutrition course is the first year of a two-year course sequence taught at the high school level. Students enrolled in specialized food and nutrition are interested in a career path in food service and hospitality or food science, dietetics, and nutrition. Topics include: nutrition, health, and fitness; food safety and sanitation; facilities and equipment; meal management; food preparation techniques; meal service and etiquette; food and culture; and high skills careers related to food and nutrition. Based on the new CTE Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation Industry Sector content standards, this course provides rigorous, standards-driven instruction and assessment, integrates academic and career-technical concepts, and contributes significantly to students’ academic achievement.

This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. An internship is a work-based learning experience that provides students the opportunity to apply their technical and academic skills in a professional setting. Students will develop and practice an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of high-skilled career areas, including terminology, climate, protocol, and other information that will enable them to analyze and revise their meaningful future plans. This course will expose students to the career readiness skills needed for a successful internship and prepare them for the world of work. The internship is supported with activities and assignments to deepen and enhance the experience. The structure of the internship aligns with local policy and program expectations for internships.

Note: Course availability varies by school and program.

Examples of Hospitality Careers

OccupationEducation LevelMedian Annual Earnings in CA
Chef and Head CookHigh school diploma or equivalent$58,270
ConciergeHigh school diploma or equivalent$38,010
Dietitian and NutritionistBachelor's degree$82,200
Entertainment and Recreation ManagerBachelor's degree$141,000
Food Scientist and TechnologistBachelor's degree$80,900
Food Service ManagerHigh school diploma or equivalent$58,640
Lodging ManagerHigh school diploma or equivalent$63,970
Meeting, Convention, and Event PlannerBachelor's degree$57,040

Source: US Dept of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for California

Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Arts is a program offered exclusively at Roosevelt High School. This program is for students interested in a career path in food service and hospitality or food science, dietetics, and nutrition. Students learn about nutrition, health, and fitness; food safety and sanitation; facilities and equipment; meal management; food preparation techniques; meal service and etiquette; food and culture; and high skills careers related to food and nutrition. The program emphasizes quality food preparation and presentation, collaboration, developing a critical palate, and exploring current culinary trends.

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