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May 3, 2016

As most of you know, the school has decided not to offer the Academy next year. However, we still have a lot of learning to do this year.  There are still job shadows, internships, student conferences, and certifications happening.


Last week, we completed another successful field experience.  30 students from the Academy received a hands on experience at the Exploratorium in San Francisco followed by a rare, behind the scenes look at the Pier 39 Bay Aquarium.  Here, students were divided into small groups and led by a docent through the maze that is behind the aquarium.  Here we learned about breeding, quarantining and growing fish, shell fish, and other bay critters (like jellies).  The students were rapt with interest.  They hung on every word and explored every inch of the facility.  They learned about dive volunteers, food volunteers, marketing and everything that is needed to run a successful tourist attraction.


I still can't believe we won't be offering this again next year.  But, please enjoy these last few photos from our Academy of Hospitality and International Tourism at Hercules High School.


Best Regards and I will miss this so much,

Lourdes Sampayo































Young Entrepreneurs - Coolest Youth Startups in the United States


Herban Movement - Joseph Fortuno started a company called Herban Movement, which won the Microsoft Innovation Award in 2015. He was actually homeless at the time he joined Junior Achievement. He is now in college HERBAN MOVEMENT is a student governed company from Hercules, California. Under The Academy of Hospitality and International Tourism and Junior Achievement of Northern California, the program provides over 100 students with necessary business skills in TODAY's world, so they can be the leaders TOMORROW.




















Update December 14, 2015


Hercules High School's Academy of Hospitality and International Tourism attended a really fantastic job shadow yesterday at the W Hotel in San Francisco.  Students toured the hotel, met with department managers (called "talent coaches"), and then shadowed 2 different departments of their choice for the rest of the day.


I will be getting feedback from the students and will send it out to our partners and to the W hotel.


Rocio, thank you so much for hosting us at the W, words cannot express how wonderful, organized and impactful this job shadow was for the select 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from the Academy.  Please express my gratitude to all of the W staff and managers who participated.  We truly felt valued and welcome, and we left feeling both grateful and inspired.



Lourdes Sampayo






































Update:  December 2, 2015


Hello everyone.  I am so proud to let know that Joseph Fortuno, Hercules High School 2015 graduate and a very active member of the HHS Academy of Hospitality, was invited to meet President Obama and some of his staff at the White House.  As you know, while most people recognize us for our cooking, teaching business skills and practicing both entrepreneurship and youth service is at the heart of our Academy and contribute greatly to the students' college and career readiness.


It is so exciting every time I hear of the Academy and our students being recognized for their stellar representation of the best of Hercules High School and WCCUSD.  I was over the moon when I heard that our program, our partnership with Junior Achievement and our student entrepreneurs were being recognized and applauded by the President of the United States.  While Joseph was a wonderful CEO for our student run business, he was there representing all of the AHIT students who participated in the student run company, "Herban Movement".  Herban Movement lives on, with a new set of leaders and I also expect great things from them.  Although, meeting President Obama will be hard to top. 



Lourdes Sampayo

Academy Lead




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