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Graduates Focus on Hospitality Careers after Completing Pilot Training Program Sea Island, Georgia, June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017 12:14 PM

CPTC Hospital Academy picture of 4 students posing with diplomas standing with Dr. DeibertAfter five weeks of attending the newly launched Hospitality Academy at Coastal Pines Technical College, students completing the program gathered at Sea Island Tuesday evening for a celebration with family and community hospitality leaders. 

While welcoming guests, Casey Lavin, VP Operations for Sea Island Company, said, “We are pleased that Sea Island was able to partner with Coastal Pines in this pilot program.  Our mutual goal is that this be just the first step in long-term, ongoing training for local residents looking for a career in hospitality.  Tonight, it’s rewarding to see that after their hard work, we are here together to congratulate them on completing their course.” 

President of Coastal Pines Technical College, Dr. Glenn Deibert, congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to be the best they can be as they grow in their careers, prior to presenting each one with a Certificate of Completion.

The graduates of the initial class are Ansleigh Mize, Patricia Parson, Brittany Herring, Angela Fuller, and Matthew Hodges. 

Bringing the ceremony to a close, Lavin announced that all of the graduates had been offered a job at Sea Island Company.

With Coastal Pines Technical College developing the curriculum, and Sea Island Company underwriting the tuition for the first class of participants, the classes began on May 2 and included 48 hours of instruction at the College.   Class topics included employability skills, soft skills, and hospitality areas such as food and beverage, events, and the hospitality business.  This was the first training program of its kind to focus on developing the local workforce for Glynn County’s number one industry:  Tourism. 

The Hospitality Academy is to be an ongoing training program for local residents looking for a career in hospitality.  According to Dr. Deibert, “We have been extremely pleased with the number of other hospitality leaders who have been eager to learn more about the Academy and how to participate in the future plans for programs.”  During this first class, students completing the program were guaranteed a face-to-face interview with a Sea Island human resources recruiter.  The College plans to have this type of agreement in place with other hospitality companies granting interviews for future graduates before the Academy begins in the fall. 

Next dates for the Hospitality Academy are October 10, 2017 – November 14, 2017 and January 23, 2018 – February 28, 2018.

Photo top left:  Coastal Pines Technical College President Glenn Deibert, right, congratulates Patricia Parson, from left, Ansleigh Maze, Matthew Hodges, Brittany Herring, and Angela Fuller on being the first students to complete the Coastal Pines Hospitality Academy program Tuesday during a ceremony. The five-week program was a partnership with Sea Island and Coastal Pines.


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