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MDC's Hospitality Institute Hosts Community Job Readiness Training Program and Job Fair June 13 – 16

Mandatory registration ends June 3

Miami, May 24, 2011 - 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 host a four-day Hospitality Job Readiness Training Program and Job Fair June 13-16, 2011, at the Greater Bethel A.M.E Church 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 Monday (June 13) and Tuesday (June 14) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday (June 15) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.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, and much more.   

The training program will end on Thursday, June 16 with an awards ceremony and job fair.

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

Participants from the June 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 2008, 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, June 3. To register, please contact Jeff Wahl at 305-329-2845, or email at 

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

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