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Date:March 16, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 342-3035

Free job training in hospitality industry offered

BATON ROUGE –Applications are being accepted for Baton Rouge’s fourth Hospitality Professional class designed to prepare individuals for careers in the hospitality industry.

The free eight-week course will provide training 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.

“Virtually everyone who successfully completes the training will get a job,” said David B.Grier, Executive Director with MINACT, INC which administers the classes. “At least 21 students from an earlier Hospitality Professional class graduated in December and are employed.”

Classes start April 17 and 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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