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Hospitality and Tourism (CTE Career Cluster)

The Hospitality and Tourism Cluster is made up of two pathways in Kansas, all under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences and Business Education departments. The pathway design sheets found under each pathway link will provide access to the course competencies, which direct the knowledge and skill development and strengthen this tie to the different departments.

Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism

This career cluster covers a range of careers from culinary arts and event management to lodging and travel/tourism. The Travel and Tourism pathway is linked more commonly with the Business department, where the Restaurant and Event Management pathway is linked within the Family and Consumer Sciences department. It is notable that courses taught in both departments are found in both pathways. In addition, the career and technical skill organizations Family, Community and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) add to the learning environment by offering opportunities to develop leadership while classroom knowledge and skills are applied in authentic situations.To learn more about these organizations in Kansas visit: Kansas FCCLA and Kansas FBLA.

Standard Alignment Crosswalk Documents

The alignment crosswalk aligns industry and academic standards to the course competencies. Each course has its own crosswalk to assist in the understanding of how each meets academic and industry credentialing and expectations.

Hospitality and Tourism Pathway Design Sheets with Competencies and Resources

The pathway design sheets listed below include a list of the course options within each pathway and the competency profiles for each of those courses. These design sheets are good for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years unless otherwise noted.

Statewide Articulation Agreements

State-wide articulation agreements have been developed for all clusters. To see those available for this cluster's pathways, click on the following link.
Statewide Articuation AgreementsLink

Wage & Employment Information

The following documents highlight occupational outlook within the areas named in the title of the document based on the 2010-2020 Kansas Occupational Outlook Study and the 2012-2013 National Employment Occupational Outlook Handbook. Click on each title to open.

Family and Consumer Sciences 

Helen Swanson
(785) 296-4912

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director
Curricular Standards
David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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