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Career and Technical Education - Diverse Options for Your Teen

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By Rebecca B. Evers, Ed.D.


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Reviewed 2010

Comments from readers

"Great article! The author mentioned culinary arts as one area in family and consumer sciences where students can prepare for a lifelong career. However, foodservice is just one segment within the broader field of hospitality management, which includes hotel and resort operations, special events and attractions, meetings and conventions, spas, country clubs, and casinos, as well as travel and tourism. Together, these fields account for approximately 10% of the world GDP. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about the 'leisure and hospitality supersector' at the following URL: The California State University offers information about high-level careers and education programs hospitality management at While this site provides information about CSU degree programs only, the requirements and curricula of these programs are typical of what students can expect in any hospitality management degree program. In the interests of full disclosure I will say that I currently serve as the program coordinator for the CSU hospitality management education initiative, whose mission is to provide an uninterrupted supply of hospitality leaders in California. However, within the field there is a prevailing ethos be hospitable by helping anyone with in interest to accomplish all that they can. If the information in either of the above sites can help prospective students and their parents determine if a career in hospitality would be a good fit, I will have done my job today. "
"hi i am nadia 15 years old and i am pregnant and i would like to kno if i could continue my school or if there is a high school were i could antend and take care of my baby at the same time i would also like to kno if there is a high school made for girls like me and study for a career while trying to graduate from high school if there is so please write back i will so apreciate it i really want to continue studying thank you"