Hotel and Restaurant Management Academy


Junior and senior-level academy courses are taught at the ARL.


The Hotel and Restaurant Management Academy prepares students for professional careers in the third largest retail industry in the United States and one of the country’s largest employers. One out of every eight Americans is employed either directly or indirectly to meet the needs of travelers to and within the United States, and these guests spend an average of $1.64 billion daily on lodging, food, and leisure. This exciting industry includes career ladders in lodging, travel and tourism, airlines and cruise lines, sport and recreation, resorts and theme parks, and restaurants and food services. Students in the Hotel and Restaurant Management Academy will have opportunities to participate in industry-sponsored events and competitions and will receive individual mentoring from professionals in the hospitality industry.

Recommended Electives

The industry advisory committee recommends students enroll in a business elective and complete at least two years of Spanish in preparation to enter the hospitality industry.


While no specific courses are required as prerequisites, students should seek hospitality work experiences to confirm their career academy choice.

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.
  • Take Year One and Year Two Hospitality and Tourism Management examinations and complete a minimum of 100 hours of work experience in the lodging industry (required for students pursuing the Certified Hospitality and Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) designation).

- OR -

  • Pass Year One and Year Two ProStart examinations and complete 400 hours of mentored industry experience (required for students pursuing ProStart certification).


Shaded areas designate completer coursework.

  • Introduction to the Hotel and Restaurant Management Industry 877M (11th, 2 periods)

  • Management and Leadership in Hotels and Restaurants 880M (12th, 3 periods)

College Credit

Through a special partnership with Howard Community College’s Center for Hospitality and Culinary Studies, seniors enrolled in Management and Leadership in Hotels and Restaurants (880M) are eligible to be dually enrolled in the three-credit college course, Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (HMGT 101).

Students with passing scores on both Year One and Year Two ProStart Examinations and successful completion of coursework and industry hours may be eligible for articulated credit from a range of local and national colleges and universities including Howard Community College, Anne Arundel Community College, Widener University, and Johnson and Wales. The list of postsecondary institutions awarding credit is always growing. For recently added colleges and universities, please visit the following websites: Restaurant Association of Maryland Educational Foundation ( and the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Foundation (

Industry Certification

Upon completion of the second year course, students will be eligible to take the ProStart and Hospitality and Tourism Management examinations to document the skills and knowledge required for pursuit of a professional career path in the hospitality industry. Students will also have the opportunity to earn ServSafe certification.

Sample Career Options

< 4-year Degree

  • Concierge

  • Convention Services

  • Director of Security

  • Event Planner

  • Executive Housekeeper

  • Front Desk Employee

4-year Degree

  • Food Service Manager

  • Outdoor/Nature Guide

  • Reservations Agent/Manager

  • Resort Professional

  • Shift Supervisor

  • Travel Counselor

  • Tour Guide/Operator

> 4-year Degree

  • Food Service Manager

  • Front Desk Supervisor

  • General Manager