First Career Academy at Trinity High School

Trinity High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) marked the start of their first year with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 9, 2015 at 11:45 AM. The academy, affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF), is designed to help students chart career paths in one of the world’s largest industries encompassing hotel management, sports and entertainment, and event management.

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Over 70 students have joined the AOHT in its opening year!

In a recent release from the Randolph County Tourism Development Authority, it was reported that visitors in and around Randolph County spent $128.30 million in 2014. There are roughly 1,100 employees in the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Randolph County, generating a payroll of $19.25 million annually.

This statistical support along with Trinity’s ideal location along the I-85 corridor made it the perfect site for an Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. AOHT Director, Jandra Dillon, works with an Advisory Board consisting of school and district administration and faculty, area business leaders, and contacts from higher education partners to develop a quality educational experience for these students while preparing them to meet the needs of this growing industry.

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