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Student Programs Overview

Intended for all those in the hospitality industry who have a vested interest in Oklahoma's youth and the future success of the industry within our state.


Student Programs is recognized as a model educational program that creates a positive connection between school, work and future employment for young people and impacts workforce development for the hospitality and tourism industry.


To cultivate a new source of talent for the hospitality industry through state partnerships dedicated to hospitality school-to-career and mentoring programs, leading to a recognized national certification.

Project Partners

  • Oklahoma Restaurant Association
  • Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association
  • Oklahoma Travel Industry Association
  • Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
  • Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation
  • National Restaurant Association
  • American Hotel and Lodging Association

Why was Student Programs Formed?

  • To help young people develop skills for the world of work
  • To develop awareness of the careers available within the hospitality and tourism industry
  • To enhance the image of the hospitality profession
  • To help alleviate the shortage of qualified labor needed in our industry

What is School-to-Career?

  • A significant education reform strategy that links what is learned in the classroom with workplace experiences.
  • High school students learn business skills in the classroom, become acquainted with career opportunities at career workshops and on field trips.
  • Gain practical experience during on-site, hands-on internships at local restaurants, hotels, and other travel and tourism venues
  • Provides students with the skills necessary to transition from the learning environment to being a productive employee and citizen

What are Student Program's Areas of Focus?

  • Increase of industry involvement in school-to-career partnerships
  • Increase student access to mentored work experiences
  • Enhance resources available to educators regarding the hospitality and tourism industry
  • Improve hospitality industry image
  • Strengthen educator-industry partnerships
  • Document the impact of hospitality school-to-career programs
  • Develop recruitment human resources for the industry workforce
  • Provide students with information about college credit through articulation agreements with Hospitality and Tourism programs in colleges and universities

In Which Schools is Student Programs Currently Involved?

  • Autry Technology Center
  • Caddo Kiowa Technology Center?Gordon Cooper Technology Center
  • Indian Capital Technology Center?Kiamichi Technology Center, Poteau
  • Kiamichi Technology Center, Idabel
  • Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater
  • Metro Technology Center, South Bryant
  • Metro Technology Center, Springlake?Nathan Hale High School
  • Northwest Classen High School
  • Northeast Technology Center, Afton?Northeast Technology Center, Pryor
  • Northwest Technology Center, Fairview
  • OKC Centennial High School
  • Pioneer Technology Center?Shawnee High School
  • Star Spencer High School
  • Tulsa Technology Center, Lemley Campus
  • Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus
  • Western Technology Center

What are the Long-Term Goals of Student Programs?

  • Assist students in obtaining jobs in the industry
  • Establishment of scholarships for program graduates
  • Recognition events for contributions of students, educators and partners the career initiative
  • Create financial sustainability and stability through a variety of funding sources

Who Should Get Involved in Student Programs?

All stakeholders in the hospitality industry who have a vested interest in Oklahoma's youth and the future success of the industry within our state.

How Does One Get Involved in Student Programs and Student Programs-Supported Projects?

Student Programs welcomes financial and in-kind donations.

For Additional Information:

Please contact Chandy Rice (405) 942-8181 or (800) 375-8181, or via e-mail.

Student Programs
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