Through the high quality leadership of the ACCEL Adult School Consortium group, Bay Region Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Initiative has had the opportunity to build and pilot a model for adult school students to bridge into the newly developed Hospitality and Tourism Management program. The first pilot has taken place at the South San Francisco Adult School with 32 students and the great support from Michael Coyne and his team.
Adult School students participate in Hospitality ADVANCE, which is our bridge training course. It is taught at the adult school by our faculty during times that students find most accessible.
Hospitality Advance is 48 hours in length and integrates language development with foundational corporate food service skills necessary for workforce entry into companies such as Bon Appetit and Google.
This training program was created through the leadership of Deputy Sector Navigator Andrea Vizenor with the assistance of over 20-employer partners giving insight along with Serena Chu-Mraz, and Julie Carey, members of Skyline Colleges ESL faculty team.
Upon completion of Hospitality ADVANCE students participate in the component called "Introduction to College." Adult school students take part in a tour of Skyline College, where they learn about the many services and offerings available to them along with a closer look at all of the offerings that are part of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. Additionally, students will participate in an Internship Boot Camp experience that embeds course work and experiences that allow students to earn 1.5 units of college credit and 3 industry-recognized credentials (America Hotel & Lodging Association's Guest Service Gold Certification for Customer Service, California Food Handler ServSafe Certification and Responsible Alcohol Training). Upon successfully completing both segments, students can apply for a paid 6-week internship experience with Bon Appetit, Google, or YouTube.
This internship experience allows adult school students the opportunity to apply the skills they are learning almost immediately. They also participate in weekly training sessions, receive weekly evaluations of their job performance and learn from mentors while working in a high quality workplace. In many cases it leads to the beginning of their career!
Two components of the bridge were scheduled to be piloted in the spring; the 3rd phase of the bridge experience includes Skyline College providing the 3 unit, Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management course on the adult school campus as well as fleshing out pre-bridge experiences and training that will be integrated into lower level ESL courses at the adult school through the creation of sector specific modules that can be included as part of a CTE sampler experience at adult schools. In the pre-bridge experience students will also be able to earn the San Francisco Travel tourism certificate.