At left is Amy Loyd, U.S. Department of Education assistant
secretary, who toured the NAF Academy of Hospitality & Tourism at
Ottawa Hills High School. Paul Stansbie, associate dean in the College
of Education and Community Innovation, is fourth from right.
Amy Loyd, U.S. Department of Education assistant secretary for
Career, Technical, and Adult Education, visited Grand Rapids on August
30 to learn more about the NAF Academy of Hospitality & Tourism at
Ottawa Hills High School.
The college-career prep academy opened in fall 2019 and is a
partnership with Grand Valley's Hospitality and Tourism Management
Department, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Experience Grand Rapids, and AHC+Hospitality.
Loyd met with Paul Stansbie, associate dean in the College of
Education and Community Innovation; Justin Clement, NAF legislative
affairs consultant; Jordoun Eatman, vice president of engagement and
inclusion for Experience Grand Rapids; and Rodney Lewis, executive
director of high school support for Grand Rapids Public Schools.
“We set the academy up pre-COVID, and we lost a lot due to attrition
from the industry,” Stansbie said. “We’re looking to reimagine the
academy. This is version 2.0, and Dr. Loyd wanted to learn more about
what we’re doing.”
Loyd’s visit coincided with Grand Valley visit of another Department
of Education official on August 30.
Under Secretary James Kvaal stopped at the Allendale Campus to talk
with President Philomena V. Mantella and students who have
participated in GVSU initiatives like REP4, the HBCU/HSI Consortium
and K-12 Connect. Kvaal also toured the DeVos Center of