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MDC's Hospitality Institute Hosts Community Job Readiness Training Program and Job Fair March 6-9, 2012

Mandatory registration ends February 17, 2012
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Miami, February 8, 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 March 6 – 9, located at the Greater Bethel A.M.E Church (245 N.W. Eighth Street) in downtown Miami.

There is no cost for the training and job fair, and it is open to residents of downtown Miami, Overtown, Liberty City and surrounding areas.

The training sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 6; Wednesday, March 7; and Thursday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Experts from the hospitality industry, 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. 

The training program will conclude on Friday, March 9 with an awards ceremony and subsequent job fair, exclusive attendance for Hospitality Institute registrants.

The job fair will feature employers from the hospitality, service and other industries but is only open to participants who have attended and completed all three days of training – walk-ins will not be admitted.

Participants from the March program, as well as alumni from previous Hospitality Institute programs, will have an opportunity to interview with the featured employers.

Staff from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, MDC and the Hospitality Institute will also 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 Community Redevelopment Agencies, Southeast Overtown/Park West, and Omni.

Registration for the training program is required and ends on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. To register, please contact Randy Wiscombe at 305-329-2845, email:

For additional information about the Hospitality Institute at MDC, contact Shelly Fano at 305-237-3370, or Randy Wiscombe at 305-329-2845,, or visit

Hospitality Job Readiness Training Program/Job Fair hosted by MDC’s Hospitality Institute

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