Welcome to The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) is the newest initiative in the MAPCS Post-Secondary Success programs focused on student success after high school. The AOHT has an open enrollment policy for students entering the 10th grade, who have an interest in exploring career paths in the hospitality and tourism industry (and its many associated careers i.e. real estate, accounting and medical services), and for students who have set their sights on attending college. The course of study is three years. It is a rigorous academic program, with a significant work-based learning component (field trips, guest speakers, and job shadowing), culminating in a high-level paid internship. Scholars of the AOHT will enjoy a personalized element to their high school experience; with staff focused on each individual’s specific college and career aspirations. Academic supports such as mentoring, tutoring and counseling will be readily available—and in some cases mandatory—for all AOHT students. Under the banner of NAF (formerly the National Academy Foundation), the AOHT is part of a national network of schools and corporate partners that have a track record of success for over 30 years. With a graduation rate of 97%, NAF academies are “structured as small, focused learning communities that fit within and enhance high school systems.”
Akoshia Yoba, Director, Career Academy, leads the development and implementation of all Academy of Hospitality and Tourism programs and initiatives. Yoba is a longtime educator, hospitality trainer and communication specialist.
Brittany Yarbaugh received a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management from Tuskegee University and is currently teaching National Academy Foundation- Hospitality and Tourism at Maya Angelou High School. A strong advocate for advocate of hands-on, project-based learning, she involves her students in a variety of college & career readiness and technology-infused activities that provide them with opportunities to use their soft skills to help others. Her professional interests focus on communicative approaches to career readiness teaching and cooperative learning.
Mary Okowi directs and manages the AOHT’s work-based learning and college readiness programs in her capacity as Coordinator of the Career Academy. Okowi formerly served as the College and Career Readiness Coordinator for MAPCS Post-Secondary Success programs.
Download the MAPCS AOHT Policies and Standards