Tourism is one of the hottest fields in Southern
California and what better place to learn about
careers in travel and tourism than Huntington Beach,
a resort community with beautiful beaches and annual
visitor counts of up to 14 million people who come
from all over the USA and globe.
Teacher Connie Warbrick leads the Entertainment
and Tourism Academy's tourism division with hands-on
"fam" familiarization trips to restaurants, hotels,
theme parks, museums and the Entertainment Capitol
of the World, Hollywood. Pictured above are students
touring the busy kitchens of Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort
in Huntington Beach, California, also known as Surf
Students are provided opportunities to view the
actual daily routines and behind-the-scenes
activities of a variety of people in tourism jobs
that range from food preparation to hotel
reservations. One of the few such programs in
the United States, the Tourism Academy partners with
companies such as Hyatt
Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa,
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort,
Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Orange County
Airport, South Coast Repertory and many more. A
strong tourism base in local Orange County where
Huntington Beach is located 35 miles south of Los
Angeles and 90 miles north of San Diego makes this
type of program possible.
Students taking courses in the tourism academy
program are assisted in furthering their formal
education with partner programs at local community
colleges and universities.
Only accepting Huntington Beach Union High School
District students, the program still is worthy of
attention for its model of preparation, similar to
such tracks used in the European educational system.
With its success and popularity, the program will
likely be adopted by other schools in the U.S.
For information you can write to: Entertainment
and Tourism Academy at Huntington Beach High School,
1905 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California