ATHENS, GA (April 2, 2019) - High school students interested in the hospitality industry are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Hospitality Careers Academy (HCA).

The week-long academy is held in mid-July and hosted by The Classic Center in downtown Athens and The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. The program, which began in 2003, is designed for students interested in business, marketing, culinary arts, hotel/lodging management or event planning. The students selected for the Academy will have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, job shadow professionals, attend industry tours and take part in leadership activities. All of this is done while working towards a culminating event project which the students plan and manage.

“Students can expect an intense emersion into the hospitality industry over the course of a week,” says HCA Coordinator, Shannon McCullough. “In turn, this will not only assist the students in a better understanding of this industry, but hopefully the students will also leave knowing if this is the right career path for them.” The Academy requires acceptance through a competitive application process that includes a completed application, an essay question, three recommendations and a personal interview.

The Academy’s $450 registration fee includes four nights of hotel accommodations, meals for the week and training from industry professionals. The registration fee is not due until the student has been accepted into the Academy. Once students are accepted into the program, various scholarship opportunities are also available.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 15, 2019. To apply, please visit

For more information please contact:

Shannon McCullough

706.357.4405 or