Company Shares Expertise with Members of Valley High’s Academy of Hospitality Program
Continuing its commitment to encourage and support tomorrow’s technology leaders, Smart City Networks, the nation’s largest provider of event telecommunications and technology for the event and convention industry, participated in Valley High School’s Academy of Hospitality Program’s (AOHP) Advisory Board Fair.
The exposition, held October 26 at the school, allowed students in the program to find out about Smart City’s expertise and understanding of the hospitality industry by learning how it designs, installs and manages telecommunication systems that meet evolving customer needs at convention centers and public venues. Students also explored career opportunities with Smart City and discussed their interest in joining the Smart City team in the future.
Nearly 250 students – freshmen through seniors – visited the Smart City display booth, asking pertinent questions and expressing their career aspirations.
“The students were knowledgeable about our company,” commented Dion Doucet, Smart City’s marketing associate who manned the booth during the event. “They obviously did their homework and researched what we do.”
Interested students also learned about Smart City’s internship program that gives AOHP students the opportunity to earn money for college while putting their classroom knowledge to work over 10 weeks working at the company’s Las Vegas headquarters, where they learn about Smart City’s accounting, quality assurance, business development, system development and other operations. Smart City’s paid internship also exposes students to the importance of strong work habits and gives them valuable insights into workplace expectations.
“Having been on the board for the past year, I know that the AOHP students are serious about succeeding in the hospitality industry,” said Rani Bush, Smart City’s manager of quality assurance, who serves on AOHP’s Advisory Board.
The internship complements their AOHP lessons that prepare students for jobs in the tourism industry. The program teaches the principles of hospitality and event planning, including marketing, customer service, logistics and more.
“Smart City invests not only in cutting-edge technology but also highly skilled and motivated people,” Smart City President Mark Haley said. “We are a proud supporter of Valley’s Academy of Hospitality Program. We are thrilled to demonstrate to tomorrow’s event professionals the technological side of hospitality.”