Academy of Hospitality and Tourism
Hospitality is a thriving global industry with strong roots locally, thanks to the fact that we live on Florida’s Historic Coast. In St. Johns County, tourists spend millions of dollars each year and are served by professionals in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. Nease’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism has partnered with multiple lodging businesses, tourism attractions and tourism associations, along with the Hospitality Programs at the Florida State College at Jacksonville and Flagler College.
These partners provide our Academy students opportunities with guest speakers, hands-on projects, field trips, and internships, preparing our students for successful careers in the Hospitality and Tourism industry. They learn customer service basics, business etiquette, computer operations, and the many facets of meeting client needs. Students have the chance to earn industry certifications in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Front Desk Supervisor.
The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism provides relevant and high quality curriculum which exposes students to the variety of aspects within the hospitality industry. Students will gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide a positive customer-oriented experience through passion and dedication.
Program of Study
While COVID restrictions have put a hold on in-person guest speaker events for the 2020-21 school year, Academy students still had the opportunity to meet with professionals in the classroom via virtual platforms. This year, Nease’s Academies have offered a multitude of virtual guest speaker events to our students. Communications Academy guests have included News …
Recently, students from Nease’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism enjoyed a unique field trip experience at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort. The students first enjoyed a free breakfast, then took a golf cart ride to visit “Bee Hill,” a micro-farm created by Sawgrass Marriott chef Matthew Sanchez. The farm, which includes a vegetable garden, bee hives, …
After hearing about Nease’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism from an Auburn alumni who happens to be on the Academy’s Advisory Board, Martin O’Neill, Professor of Hospitality Management and Head of Auburn’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality, decided made the trip to the sunshine state. Mr. O’Neill visited the school to see our Hospitality …
Within Nease's Stellar Academy of Engineering, Communications Academy, and the St. Johns County Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, the relationships between the Academy programs and the business partners provide a variety of opportunities to help expand our students’ education through assemblies, field trips and competition judging.
Recently, students from Nease’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism enjoyed a unique field trip experience at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort. The students were the first field trip group to visit “Bee Hill,” a micro-farm created by Sawgrass Marriott chef Matthew Sanchez.