Urban League Graduates Second Hospitality Class

Oct 2, 2006

On, Friday, September 29, 2006, GWUL held its second graduation for the Hospitality Training Program. The seven graduates are now in the placement stage of finding jobs. Thirteen persons completed the first session in May and 90% were placed in jobs in the hospitality industry. Therefore, there is no doubt that these graduates will go on to successful careers in the hospitality industry.

James LoBosco, General Manager, The Madison – A Loews Hotel (far left) with Reginald Glenn, Department of Employment Services, Vanessa Peters, Director of Human Resources, Employment Services with graduates: Roger Jones, Carol Leggett, Patricia Palmer, Verdell Smith and Earl Taylor.

The second class of the Hospitality Training Program began July 10, 2006 and ended September 15, 2006. The participants met from 9 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday in the Greater Washington Urban League building. The numerous organizations that contributed their time and support include: Capitol Hill Suites, Capitol Hilton, Citibank, Embassy Suites Convention Center, Embassy Suites Downtown, The Fairmont, Grand Hyatt Washington, The Madison: A Loews Hotel, Marriott Wardman Park, Penguin Services (Hospitality), Phoenix Park, Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Westin Embassy Row, and Willard Intercontinental.

D.C residents, ages 22 or older with a high school diploma or GED are eligible to participate in the Hospitality Training Program, which is offered through the League’s partnership with the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C and funded by the D.C. Department of Employment Services. For more information on the program or to inquire about the upcoming class, call Ursula Higgins at 202-265-8200, Ext. 284.

Says GWUL President Maudine R. Cooper, "Our goal is to move people to economic self-sufficiency. And a program like this is successful because it is an outstanding example of public-private partnerships."

GWUL Deputy Training Director Ursula Higgins with Roger Jones, top scoring hospitality student, Tiffany Godbout, Director of Education and Special Programs, Hotel Association of Washington, DC, and GWUL Education, Employment and Training Director Audrey Epperson