Date:July 18, 2007
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Job training in hospitality industry offered

BATON ROUGE –Applications are still being accepted for Baton Rouge’s sixth Hospitality Professional class which began July 16.

The free, eight-week course is designed to prepare individuals for careers in the hospitality industry. Training is provided in all areas of hotel employment, including: customer service, front desk management, reservations, computers (keyboard, MS Word, MS Excel and familiarity with property management systems), OSHA safety and ServSafe certification.

“Placement assistance is a part of the program, and our placement rate is more than 80 percent,” said Mike Sears, project director with MINACT, which administers the classes.

Classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 4173 Government St. All books, supplies, uniforms and lunch will be provided. During the final two weeks of the class, students will serve internships with Baton Rouge area hotels.

The instructors will be from the University of New Orleans’ Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a positive attitude and enjoy helping others. To apply, contact LaQuinta Plummer with MINACT at (225) 383-3404 on weekdays, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The program is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Labor, LSU Continuing Education, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, Job Corps, and the University of New Orleans Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism.

MINACT, INC., a national vocational education training and career development company, operates the program through a U.S. Department of Labor National Emergency Grant awarded to the Louisiana Department of Labor after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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