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PGCC’s Workforce Development Programs Prepare High Road Students for Work
The High Road Upper School of Prince George’s County and the Workforce Development Institutes (WDI) at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) have teamed up to present industry-certified training opportunities to students of the regional school.
Beginning in the 2014–2015 school year, students from High Road were able to enroll in the Hospitality and Tourism Institute (HTI) at PGCC. Five students completed the initial training, and then, for the 2015–2016 school year, 12 students enrolled to undertake the 44-hour Customer Service and Microsoft Office training prior to moving on to their respective fields of interest. We expect the program to only grow in enrollment and enrichment with each passing year.
HTI meets the ever-increasing worldwide demand for well-trained hospitality and tourism professionals and offers customized, specially developed, comprehensive training programs that benefit businesses by lowering in-house recruitment and training costs, reducing workforce turnover, and increasing employee productivity.
Kevin Mattison, High Road Transition Coordinator, stated, “This program is the first of its kind in Prince George’s County. This is the type of opportunity that will assist our students in fully participating in the workforce.”
While participating in the program, students are able to increase their employability by gaining hard and soft vocational skills in a shared-learning model. HTI and other Workforce Development staff have industry experience and will provide career-readiness training as well as technical training specific to the occupational track selected by each participant.
Student Carlos Trail had this to say about the program: “I am learning a lot from the class, like how to deal with difficult people and remaining cool. We are learning how to solve problems on your feet while smiling and being calm. My teacher, Ms. Larue, is great! She is about her business, but she lets us have some fun!”
This unique program training model was designed to be a national benchmark and to support achievement of professional credentials and industry-specific certifications. Additionally, each occupational training track is directly aligned with local employment opportunities. According to Jean Howard, job coach, “Ms. Larue runs a very creative class. She has the students work together in teams in order to problem solve, and it allows them to build interpersonal and critical thinking skills.”
The partnership with High Road School assists HTI with its mission to develop the workforce, and in kind, HTI supports High Road’s mission to prepare youth to become responsible adults who are able to participate in their communities and lead self-fulfilling lives. By providing them with the tools needed to be successful, they can become contributing members of their community.
For questions or more information about High Road’s Workforce Development Program, call Howard Axelrod or Yvonne Ward-Manson at 301-429-6191.
For further information about HTI and PGCC’s additional vocational programs, call 301-546-7596.