Program Choice Application

  • The Program Choice application period for the 2023-24 school year will open October 17, 2022. When the application period opens, be sure to submit your application as soon as possible to be a part of the incoming class of the NAF Academy of Hospitality & Tourism!

    To complete your application, visit the Program Choice Website.

    Visit the "Application Info & Dates" tab on the left hand side for important information and upcoming Program Choice event dates. 

    For more information, please visit the Program Choice website at

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Welcome to the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

  • AOHT

Contact Us

  • Cheryl Kusper
    CTE Coordinator
    (704)260-6000 ext. 11618

What is AOHT?

  • The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (AOHT) is a four-year academy affiliated with the National Academy Foundation (NAF). AOHT curriculum provides content in event planning, customer service, geography for tourism, hospitality marketing, and sustainable tourism. NAF’s curriculum has received industry validation from the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership. In addition, NAF approves programs of study that align with NAF’s certification standards, enabling local school districts to meet the needs of their community, as well as district and state requirements. 

What is NAF?

  • The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a non-profit organization established in 1989. The mission of the National Academy Foundation is to sustain a national network of career academies to support the development of America's youth toward personal and professional success in high school, in higher education, and throughout their careers. NAF academies function as dynamic partnerships and collaborations between schools, teachers, administrators, business volunteers, and an active Advisory Board led by industry professionals. 

Industry Need

  • Hospitality & tourism is part of the service-providing industries, which are projected to account for most of the job growth in the economy between 2016 and 2026. Travel and tourism directly contributed 5.29 million jobs to the U.S. economy in 2017 and 7.6 trillion U.S. dollars to the economy in 2016. Service-providing industries, including hospitality & tourism, continue to evolve as the global economy takes center stage. Together with growing competition and technological advances, hospitality & tourism will continue to require a well-trained and highly skilled workforce that can perform a multitude of tasks, whether it be handling high-profile customer service issues in a pinch, or speaking several languages to accommodate a growing customer base.

Last Modified on October 9, 2022