MDC’s Hospitality Institute to Host Job Readiness Training and Career Fair January 24-27

Miami, Jan. 13, 2017 – As part of its commitment to providing job readiness, hospitality and culinary skills training, and job referral assistance to residents of Miami’s inner city neighborhoods, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Hospitality Institute will once again host a four-day Job Readiness Training & Career Fair from Jan. 24-27, at the Greater Bethel A.M.E Church in Overtown.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required.  Registration is open to Miami-Dade County residents, with a focus on Overtown, Downtown Miami, Liberty City and surrounding areas.

“The Hospitality Institute prepares and empowers underserved inner city residents to connect to Miami’s growing hospitality job market by offering no cost training, and assisting with job placement upon training completion,” said Shelly Fano, executive director of MDC’s Hospitality Institute.  “We are very proud of our many success stories of participants who have completed training and found employment.”

The training sessions will be conducted Tuesday Jan. 24 through Thursday Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Experts from the hospitality industry, MDC instructors, and motivational speakers will lead the training sessions and cover topics such as resume writing, interviewing techniques, customer service, professional attire, financial literacy, food safety certification, and much more.

This training session will include a Q&A panel discussion at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24 featuring representatives from Go Brightline, MDM Development & Marriott Hotels, Greater Miami Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association, Port of Miami, Miami Aviation Department, and other hospitality and travel industry organizations.

Staff from MDC and the Hospitality Institute will also be available to assist with information on educational opportunities, including GED certification, MDC admissions and enrollment, and college financial aid.

The training program concludes Friday, Jan. 27, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with a completion ceremony and a career fair exclusive to Hospitality Institute participants and alumni. The career fair will feature employers from the hospitality industry including hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

Established in January 2008, the Hospitality Institute at MDC operates under the umbrella of the Miami International Hospitality Center.  Job readiness training is held four times throughout the year and is currently funded by the City of Miami Southeast Overtown / Park West Community Redevelopment Agency.

Registration is required and ends Jan. 18.  To register, visit or in-person at Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For additional information about The Hospitality Institute at MDC, contact Daniel Gourdine at 305-329-2845, or visit

WHAT:            MDC’s Hospitality Institute to Host Job Readiness Training & Career Fair

WHEN:            Tuesday, Jan. 24 to Friday, Jan. 27, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.               

WHERE:         Greater Bethel A.M.E Church, 245 N.W. Eight St.