Academy partnership: Just Cruisin’ Plus and the Academy of Hospitality at Antioch
The Academies of Nashville depend on dedicated community partners to enrich classroom learning, provide real-world learning opportunities such as job shadowing and internships, and support the success of our high school students. Creating meaningful business engagement in education improves the quality of our schools and prepares students for college and careers in high-demand industries. Local businesses create partnerships with an Academy to provide dynamic opportunities for our students.
Just Cruisin’ Plus and the Academy of Hospitality at Antioch High School have created one of the strongest partnerships in MNPS. This partnership won Academy Partnership of the Year in the area of Hospitality and Tourism at the 2012 Academies of Nashville Awards. Just Cruisin’ Plus is a full-service travel agency that specializes in cruises and vacations. Sherrie and Charlie Funk own the business and are passionate about engaging students and encouraging them to work in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Through this partnership, Just Cruisin’ Plus created a method that gives students access to cruise line certification programs. The programs normally are reserved for travel agents. The first of these opportunities was made available through Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines‘ University of WOW. Twenty-five students have completed the Expert and Expert Plus courses of study. They have completed this free certification program that expands their horizons as they learn about the hospitality industry on an international scale.