Hospitality & Lodging / Skills, Tasks and Results Training (START)

This two-year program trains students for entry-level careers within the hospitality and lodging industry through real-world knowledge, skills, and job training. Students can also earn professional certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s START program.

Characteristics of a successful student

  • A strong interest in some or all course material
  • Open-minded, eager to learn about new things
  • Excellent attendance
  • Interest and some ability in technical area
  • Parental support of the Career Studies program


Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment at home school district

  • Introduction to Food Services


Curriculum and materials used

  • START Your Hospitality Career START’s here: American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • START Workbook: American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • Skills Competency Checklist:  American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • New York State Work Based Learning Program


Related career opportunities

  • Front Desk Representative
  • Bell Attendant
  • Guestroom Attendant
  • Maintenance Employee
  • Laundry Attendant
  • Public Space Cleaner
  • Banquet Setup Employee
  • Banquet Server
  • Bus Person



  • Line-Level Hospitality Skills Certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.


Consultant Committee

  • Hilton Garden Inn (Albany Medical Center) – Albany
  • The Century House – Latham
  • Residence Inn – Latham
  • Clarion – Albany
  • NYSHTA – Albany
  • Spring Hill Suites – Albany
  • Franklin Square Inn – Troy
  • BBL Hospitality
  • Chef Solutions
  • Homewood Suites – Albany
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