Pillager’s Hospitality Management Career Academy

One in three Americans got their first job in the restaurant industry, and many take that opportunity to build life long careers. Pillager High School is now offering a Hospitality Management Career Academy that is enhanced with ProStart principles.

This Hospitality Management Career Academy offers students:

  • A strong academic foundation AND marketable skills, including oral and written communications, customer relations, guest retention, teamwork and time management, as well as practical skills necessary to gain entry-level employment or the basic knowledge to continue on to higher education.
  • An internship at a local hospitality business
  • A successful professional mentor for each school, offering a vital connection for students needing a reference or referral for that first job.
  • The ability to earn a certificate and receive an honor cord and special recognition at high school graduation.
  • “First in line” opportunities for local hospitality jobs and internships
  • The opportunity to participate in state and national competitions
  • Eligibility for industry scholarships (depending on the high school’s program)

Academy Courses (select 3 of the 5 courses)

  • Hospitality Management and Internship (1 High School Credit)
    This course teaches students about customer/guest retention, communication and relations for any type of work setting that are a must in the business world. Students will develop an understanding of customer service, the use of body language to understand customer needs and the importance of business confidentiality and resort policies and procedures. Interning at a local resort is a requirement of this course.
  • Accounting I (1 High School and/or 3 Articulated Credits)
    Accounting is the language of business and a systematic record of business transactions. It is also used every day in our personal lives to pay bills, balance checkbooks, pay taxes, and so on. Students can use these courses in the following ways: Vocational education (keeping records for someone), self-employment (keeping your own records for business), personal use and ground work for college study. In this course students use a bookkeeping system with journals and ledgers, prepare worksheets, and record transactions.
  • Entrepreneurship (1 High School Credit)
    Students will study: types of businesses, advantages and disadvantages of business forms, feasibility, marketing and promoting a business, and financial management of a business. This course may be delivered in an online format.
  • Pro Start Business Culinary I  (1 High School Credit)
    Numerous restaurant, food service and hospitality programs use the skills learned through the ProStart course. From culinary techniques to management skills, students learn the industry driven skills through real-life experiences and build practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.
  • ProStart Business Culinary II (1 High School Credit)
    Numerous restaurant, food service and hospitality programs use the skills learned through the ProStart course. From culinary techniques to management skills, students learn the industry driven skills through real-life experiences and build practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime.

Academy Completion Standard

Students wishing to receive a certification for this academy must complete both the Hospitality Business and Hospitality ProStart courses and choose 3 of the 5 courses, earning a “B” or better average in each course.

Business and Industry Experiences

Students will listen to guest speakers, tour local resorts and businesses, attend a Career Fair and listen to a variety of business related videos. A resort internship will allow student to use all skills learned in the academy.

Job Skills

In addition to having technical skills, employers expect their workers to have other skills such as:

  • Active Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communications Skills
  • Ability to Work With Customers

Careers Options

Convention Planners, Resort Mangers, Front Desk Agents, Hotel and Motel Management, Accountants, Business Managers, Administrative Service Managers, Agents, Customer Service Agents, Supervisors, Marketing Agents, Administrative Assistants, Bookkeepers, Office Managers, Human Resources Specialists Chef, Pastry Chef, Short Order Preparation Specialist, Caterer, Event Food Planner, Restaurant Manager, Hospitality Event Specialist, Nutritionals, Herbalist, Food Service Manager, Food and Wine Specialist

Job Outlook

Resort business positions 36% growth for Central Minnesota

Postsecondary Programs

Please check at www.mnscu.edu for colleges that offer educational programs for this Career Academy such as: Anoka Technical College, Central Lakes College, M State Community College, Century College, North East Hibbing Community College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, DeVry College, Northwest College, Ridgewater College, Rochester Community and Technical College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Southwest Minnesota State University, Hennepin Technical College, Alexandria Technical and Community College, St. Cloud State University, Normandale Community College