Sustainable Hospitality is a hands on academic program at Mt. Diablo High School (MDHS) with a focus on health and sustainability in the hospitality and tourism industry. The pathway falls under the International Hospitality and Tourism Academy (IHTA).
The Sustainable Hospitality Pathway, a rigorous, relevant and innovative career-technical-education program, will prepare MDHS students in the growing fields of:
• healthy food service
• outdoor recreation
• greening traditional tourism
The Pathway connects students to opportunities with local businesses, public agencies, non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions to meet the health, economic and ecological challenges of the 21st century!
What do they teach?
From garden to plate, they are teaching students the fundamentals of creating healthy meals from scratch and what a real meal looks like. Every school day, the students are in the professional kitchen classroom cooking, in the garden, or in the environmental education classroom, learning about and experiencing REAL FOOD. They are gaining skills that are essential to good health for themselves and for their community.
Goals for the Program
The goal is to change the palates and minds of the students, teaching them to cook and garden, as well as learning how food impacts health. They are giving them the skills necessary to change the food for our community. The students call themselves “Wellness Warriors”.
In an effort to positively influence school lunches, the goal is to utilize the students and classroom as a test lab for new meal ideas for the school cafeteria as they shift their menus to reflect the new USDA guidelines.
In addition to their in-school program, their goal is to use their new kitchen after-hours for community cooking classes to reach the parents, staff and larger community of Concord, CA to expand their impact.
In line with the mission of Wellness City Challenge, we along with multiple public and private partnerships are supporting the program. Partners include:
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Contra Costa County Office of Education (ROP)
The Monument HEAL ZONE Project
John Muir Health
Whole Foods Market
PG&E Food Service Technology Center
Garaventa Enterprises, Inc.
The Concord Hilton