All Things Hospitality
All Things Hospitality
Posted on 06/21/2018
Three Erwin High School students smile above an oven where Brussels sprouts sizzle on a skillet.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Clyde A. Erwin High School’ students, from rising freshmen to recent graduates, got a chance to see the hotel and restaurant industries up close at Hospitality Camp this week.

During the selective, weeklong camp, part of the Erwin's Career Academy, students toured local hotels, listened to talks from local business leaders, and took a guest service certification course at Goodwill Industries. The week wrapped up at Erwin’s campus on Thursday when students prepared, cooked, and served a delicious multi-course meal.

Chelsey Jones, who graduated last weekend and plans to work in either the hospitality or early childhood field, has participated in Hospitality Camp for the last four years. She floated from station to station on Thursday and helped younger students coordinate their food preparation tasks.

“This camp is great,” she said. “Each year I get something different out of it. I think everybody in Career Academy should do it.”

Rising sophomores Carson Connors and Joseph Robertson were first-timers this week. Both students said they wanted to experience something new over summer break and thought Hospitality Camp would be a good way to learn about a variety of career paths.

“I’ve learned a lot about working in hotels and restaurants,” Robertson said.

“It’s been really fun,” Connors added. “I learned how much it takes to run a hotel. It’s way more than I thought it was.”

“There’s a lot of growth that comes out of this camp,” said Career Academy Coordinator Robyn Pass. “Buncombe County Schools has put a great emphasis on Career and Technical Education because there’s such a need in the workforce. This program is an extension that.”

Through a four-year course of study in the broader Career Academy, students tour advanced manufacturing facilities, talk to managers across various industries about required skills and educational pathways, and even study marketing and human resources strategies.

“The goal is for every single student who leaves the program to have a really solid foundation,” Pass said. “They have a résumé, they know how to shake a hand, they have the soft skills, and they’ve been exposed to a wide variety of career paths so they know what might await them.”

Thanks to our 2018 Hospitality Camp Partners: Goodwill Industries, Old Navy, Belk, Maurices, Barnes and Noble, Aloft Hotel, Universal Joint Asheville, Hilton Biltmore Park, Brixx Pizza, and DoubleTree.

An Erwin High School student places a raspberry onto a brownie.A student washes Brussels sprouts.
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