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Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Amelia Brown

Committee Members

Alison K. Schaefer, Carroll R. Hyder


The purpose of this study was to determine the need for a high school Hospitality and Tourism Program in Washington County, Tennessee and to identify skills food service operators deemed important for entry- level positions that are to be obtained. Three high schools and 114 restaurants in Washington County were involved in the study. Data were collected through a quantitative phone study questionnaire. The findings of the study identified that the restaurant industry and teachers indicated there was a need for skilled workers through the implementation of the Hospitality and Tourism program in the Washington County schools. Finally, it was determined that there was a need for better training of students entering the restaurant industry and a willingness of restaurant operators to work with these students.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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