MANTEO, NC – In an effort to reverse the trend of the difficulty of earning a living wage over the cold winter months, the College of The Albemarle (COA) will debut a new Hospitality and Tourism Management Certification program this fall.
Local property management professionals have been a part of developing the curriculum of the new certifications. Various property management companies have committed to offering graduates guaranteed interviews, priority job placement, higher compensation, year-round employment, career growth potential, greater benefits and much needed job security.
To earn certification, candidates will complete course work in computer skills, customer service and meeting the needs of area guests. The three areas of certification are Reservations, Housekeeping and Maintenance. There will be resources available through grants, current employers and scholarships that will help students to pay for this opportunity for a financially secure future.
Tim Sweeney, dean of the Dare County Campus, said, “Far too long have residents of the Outer Banks been left without the basic building blocks for a long-term career with vocational stability. Our Advisory Committee has worked all year meeting with local workers, businesses and even tourists to ascertain what we could do to help. Without exception those asked have expressed concern over steady employment, worker excellence, and quality tourist experience. We believe that our new Hospitality and Tourism Management Certification will begin meeting these needs. We have employers on board to both reward employees for completion and to help defray the costs involved with the program. We have structured the classes so that our local tourism workers can complete certification before the launch of the 2017 season.”
For more information, please contact Sherri May, Coordinator of Workforce Development and Career Readiness at 252-473-2264, ext. 7511.
There will be an informative open house on Thursday, Sep. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Roanoke Island Campus, which is located across from Food-A-Rama in Manteo.