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The Newest Academy at PUSD is AH!

PUSD now offers 12 career paths

As of right now, the Academy of Hospitality (AH!) pathway at Monache High School is site-based, meaning it is only available to the ninth and tenth-grade students already going to Monache.

Director of Pathways Cynthia Brown said ACE and AH! will join the other 10 open-choice pathways next school year. She said the program is growing every year and 65 percent of incoming freshmen choose to go into Pathways.

“We want to meet that demand and that’s why we’ve expanded our options,” Brown said. “So that we don’t turn anybody away and we give them an opportunity to study.”

AH! pathway lead Becky Silvas said the academy falls under the big umbrella of hospitality, which includes recreation and leisure, travel and tourism, culinary arts and event planning.

Right now AH! is focused on the culinary arts aspect of the program so most of the classes that students can take are culinary classes, Silvas said. She said when the pathway does become open-choice the students will be able to take hospitality classes as well.

A few examples of possible classes include principals of hospitality and tourism, culinary arts I and II, commercial foods, event planning and geography for tourism, Silvas said.

Silvas said as food shows on TV become more popular, culinary arts has become more popular culturally as well.

The hospitality industry revolves around activities that people enjoy and are fun, Silvas said, but beyond that it is also one of the fastest growing industries in the state and the nation.

“The combination of the student interest and the growth of the industry are what made us pursue this,” Silvas said. “I think that it would be a viable thing to offer the kids.”

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