A group of Marriott Hotel employees lent their expertise and knowledge to students from an Academy of Hospitality and Tourism high school by conducing “mock interviews” with each of the students.
The High School of Hospitality Management, located in Manhattan, is part of the National Academy Foundation’s (NAF) Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT). It’s designed to give students a general education plus a head start in learning about the hospitality industry. The mock interview sessions, of which nine Marriott professionals participated, were designed to give students a real life experience of what they’ll be doing when they interview for internships, college and full time jobs. The Ritz Carlton Central Park was also involved in the event.
According to Wayne Berning, a teacher at the school, the event was designed to give students confidence when they interview for their summer jobs. He noted that the students were very excited to meet with the professionals who not only helped them with their interviewing skills but also gave them hints on how to put together a resume.
Overall, 24 students participated in the event and each received feedback in a one on one meeting to evaluate their performance.
About The National Academy Foundation (NAF)
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is an acclaimed network of career-themed academies that open doors for underserved high school students to viable careers. For more than 30 years, NAF has refined a proven model that provides young people access to industry-specific curricula, work-based learning experiences, and relationships with business professionals. NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. More than 4,600 business professionals volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships, and serve on local advisory boards. During the 2012-13 school year 62,000 students attended 546 NAF academies across 39 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2012, NAF academies reported 97% of seniors graduated.