• Hospitality & Tourism


    The Hospitality & Tourism Academy at Ferguson consists of three strands: early childhood education, culinary operations, hospitality & tourism, each with their own course content.

  • Early Childhood Education


    The early childhood education program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the early childhood industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.

  • Culinary Operations


    The purpose of the program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in the food service and hospitality industry.

  • Hospitality & Tourism


    The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment in the travel and tourism industry as reservation and transportation agents, travel destination specialists, tour operators, transportation attendants, or cruise ship consultants.

Mission Statement

The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism in conjunction with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) helps students chart career paths in one of the world’s largest industries, from hotel management to sports, entertainment, and event management, and includes the study of geography, economics, and world cultures. The curriculum provides an overview of the current hospitality and tourism industry. Students learn about the history of the industry, explore traveler motivation and consumer needs, the industry’s economic and environmental impacts, domestic and international travel, and sales in tourism.

At John A. Ferguson Senior High School, AOHT students complement their core academic studies with a focus on one of the following career themes: Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts, or Early Childhood Education.

The career academy model is becoming increasingly relevant as research verifies its effectiveness, and as the Obama administration embraces the need for the 21st century learning skills that academies provide. John A. Ferguson employs the highly effective “project-based learning” method in its curriculum design, in which what students learn – and the way they learn – is closely aligned with the world of work. Students are responsible for taking control of their own portfolio of work, managing authentic, theme-based projects, using the same skills that are required in the nation’s corporate offices.


In order for students to become Academy Completers, students will have to:


Early Childhood Education Certifications

Receive 45 hours from the Department of Children and Families Certification (Early Childhood Education)

Culinary Operations Certifications