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Maryland CTE Career Clusters

Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism

Programs in consumer services, hospitality and tourism prepare students for a variety of career options. Each program includes options for students to earn industry certifications and college credit in the career field. Students, who are interested in culinary arts, restaurant management, lodging management, or cosmetology, engage in real-world experiences through internships and mentoring opportunities. These allow students to apply their classroom instruction in meaningful ways, and they give them (through licensure or certification) a head start into the profession.

Programs of Study

Culinary Arts/ Professional Baking (ACF)

The Culinary Arts program partners with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to prepare students for successful careers in the food and beverage industry, with a focus on Culinary Arts or Professional Baking. The program includes education in food production, professional cooking, baking, cost control, nutrition, sanitation and food marketing. When combined with science classes, this program will provide the necessary skills for further education and career success. Students may earn industry certification and credit toward becoming a Certified Culinarian (CC) or a Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC).

Food and Beverage Management (ProStart)

In partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the ProStart program introduces students to a wide variety of careers within the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. Students study and practice professional food preparation, international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control, marketing and lodging management. As part of the program, students complete an industry-mentored work-based learning experience. Students may also earn industry certification and college credit.

Lodging Management

The Lodging Management Program introduces students to careers within the lodging industry. Students study and experience multiple aspects of the lodging industry including the rooms division, general department and facilities management, marketing and sales, and food and beverage services. The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) designed the program

Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (NAF)

In partnership with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism prepares students for post-secondary education and careers in one of the world

Careers in Cosmetology

The Careers in Cosmetology program prepares individuals to care for and beautify hair, skin and nails. Students are instructed in the art and science of cosmetology as well as all aspects of the industry. Emphasis is placed on hygiene, safety and sanitation as well as State Board of Cosmetologists