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November 28, 2013

From the classroom to hotels, tourism

Whittier High adopts hospitality management as a major for students


Three Whittier seniors have already enrolled in the program.

The focus for those who choose it will move away from the kitchen and bakery rotations they experience during their sophomore year and into management of the school’s restaurant and functions hosted at Whittier.

Those events include preparing interview space for salon owners who visit to interview cosmetology students, the annual Advisory Board dinner for 250 members, the school’s open house, School Committee meetings and luncheons for state officials.

Like all vocational-technical programs, hospitality management will have an advisory board, with members from the industry to guide the program on curriculum and other matters.

Students will visit Endicott College in Beverly this school year to meet Bill Samenfink, dean of the Endicott School of Hospitality Management.

He is one of Whittier’s newest advisory board members.

Students in the program will have an opportunity to earn the following industry certifications while at Whittier: ServSafe Food, ServSafe Alcohol, Chokesaver/CPR, Allergen Training Program and OSHA 10-hour General Industry Certification.

Students may also participate in SkillsUSA and Massachusetts Restaurant competitions.


Hotel front desk work

Food and beverage service

Housekeeping operations

Banquet and catering service

Meeting and event planning

Hospitality marketing and sales

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