Hospitality & Tourism

Travel logoProgram Description:

Students enrolled in this program will learn skills to be successful in the travel and hospitality industry, including marketing and customer relations. They also receive a strong foundation in travel geography. Students will apply their knowledge during industry internships at hotel front desks, guest services, reservations, banquets, as well as in management and personnel services. Students may also complete an internship at a variety of travel related venues such as travel agencies and community projects.   

Students of the Hospitality & Tourism program will learn:

  • Travel and lodging industry
  • Front desk, sales and reservations
  • Customer service and telephone skills
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • Professional dress code and behaviors
  • Safety issues as related to the hospitality field
  • Travel geography
  • Future career opportunities
  • Sabre Reservations (Airline training)

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits
  • May qualify for math, history, health/PE, science, or language arts credits.  Because these credits differ by home district, click on credit equivalencies to learn what is specifically offered for this program by your sending high school.
  • Entry level job skills
  • Preparation for next level of education/training
  • Opportunity for scholarships
  • Competency Certificate
  • Industry Certifications
  • Successful completion of the program, with a grade of “B” or higher, may result in college credit

Industry Certification:

  • Certified Rooms Division Specialist (CRDS) from the American Hotel Lodging Association
  • American Airlines SABRE Reservations Certificate
  • Travel’s Institute Explore the World Certificate
  • 21st Century Skills certification


Hospitality & Tourism I

  • Reading proficiency at 10th grade level
  • Excellent high school attendance record
  • Must provide their own transportation to internship site
  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships

Hospitality & Tourism II

  • Must pass 1st year program with a B grade or better to qualify for 2nd year; limited space available
  • Must have own transportation to internship site
  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in internships


  • Speech or communication classes recommended
  • Basic knowledge of keyboarding, Microsoft Word and Excel recommended

Note:  Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are encouraged to participate in the orientation at Cascadia Technical Academy.


Lodging curriculum is endorsed by American Hotel & Lodging Association and supported by Clark County Lodging Association. Travel Curriculum is endorsed by American Society of Travel Agents. Students can participate in state and national competitions through WA state Hotel & Lodging Association and DECA.

Lab Time/Theory Time:

Approximately 70 percent of the time will be devoted to theory and 30 percent to lab application. Students complete a 70 hour industry internship.


1 to 4 hours per week

Career Opportunities:

  • Travel Agents
  • Ticket Agents
  • Hotel Management
  • Flight Attendants
  • Cruise Lines
  • Front Desk Agent
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Catering and Events Manager
  • Reservation Agent
  • Accounting, Human Resources Staff
  • Hotel Food Service Staff
  • Security Staff
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Housekeeping Management

Program Supply List / Student Costs:

Please plan ahead. Some programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items (such as immunizations, food service card, etc.) be purchased, started or completed prior to the first day of school. To access the list for this program’s uniform, supply and other program related costs please click here.

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies as well as the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Note: Student accident insurance is available through your sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding these expenses, please see Melissa Downing in our Student Service Center. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1050 ext. 2150 or at