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MDC’s Hospitality Institute Hosts Next Community Job Readiness Training Program and Job Fair Sept. 11-14

Hospitality 2012

Miami, August 23, 2012 - As part of its commitment to providing hospitality and service skills training and job search resources to the residents of Miami’s inner city neighborhoods, the Hospitality Institute at Miami Dade College (MDC) will once again host a four-day Hospitality Job Readiness Training Program and Job Fair Sept. 11-14 at the Greater Bethel A.M.E Church in downtown Miami. The training and job fair are free and open to residents of downtown Miami, Overtown, Liberty City and surrounding areas. Required registration ends August 31.

The training sessions will take place Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 11 – 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hospitality industry experts, MDC faculty and motivational speakers will lead the training sessions and cover topics such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, customer service, dining etiquette, professional attire, basic computer skills, food safety training and food handler certification, financial literacy and much more.  All participants must attend in business attire.

On Friday, Sept. 14, there will be an awards ceremony and a job fair exclusive to program participants, featuring employers from the hospitality, service and other industries. The job fair is only open to participants who have completed all three days of training; walk-ins will not be admitted. Alumni from previous Hospitality Institute programs will also have an opportunity to attend the job fair, as well as apply for the new Culinary Arts Basic Skills Training that will begin later in the month. 

Staff from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, MDC and the Hospitality Institute will be available to assist with information on educational opportunities, including GED certification, MDC admissions and enrollment, college financial aid, and potential scholarships from the Black Hospitality Initiative of Greater Miami.

Established in January 2007, the Hospitality Institute at MDC operates under the umbrella of the International Hospitality Center. The training and job-readiness programs are held four times throughout the year. The Institute is currently funded by the City of Miami Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agencies, Braman Foundation, Hilton, Carnival Cruise Lines, as well as private donors.


Hospitality Job Readiness Training Program and Job Fair

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 11, 9:00 AM - Friday, Sep. 14, 2:00 PM
  • WHERE: Greater Bethel A.M.E Church 245 N.W. 8 St., Overtown

To register, please contact Randy Wiscombe at 305-329-2845,

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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