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MGM Presents $100,000 to PGCC for Hospitality Program

EDC partners to provide Training Opportunities 

 (l. to r.Denise Ware, PGCC, Bill Boasberg, Gen. Mgr, MGM-NH, Camye Mackey, Regional V.P. Talent & Workforce Development, MGM, Dr. Charlene Dukes, Pres. PGCC, Logan Gaskill, V.P. Human Resources, MGM -NH, and Dr. Yvette Snowden, Dean of Workforce Dev & Comm Partnerships)Largo, MD - Today, MGM National Harbor presented a $100,000 check to Prince George's County Community College for a scholarship program where eligible County residents will be able to take a Hospitality Express Course to prepare them for jobs in the hospitality industry. EDC President Jim Coleman joined Prince George's Community College President Dr. Charlene Dukes at the event which also highlighted the importance of the coordination between the EDC's Workforce Development Services, the curriculum set by the Prince George's Community College, the employment needs in the hospitality industry and the County residents seeking employment at MGM National Harbor.

"This partnership is vitally important to our County residents looking for new jobs or better jobs," said EDC President Jim Coleman. "This series of classes is the place for any serious job seeker to be. Not only will it improve their job skills, these classes can also provide a significant leg up to a position at MGM National Harbor or beyond."

The Hospitality Express Course is a 13 week program consisting of five classes and five certifications, all of which are compatible with the hospitality industry. Workforce Development Services, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, provides workforce training opportunities in high demand industries at no cost to qualified residents. Through this program, qualified residents who are looking to pursue a career in the hospitality industry may be eligible for training assistance through workforce services. Hear Workforce Services Director Liz Williams talk about this grant opportunity.

"We are delighted that MGM has given Prince George's Community College a $100,000 scholarship for students in the hospitality industry," said PGCC President Dr. Charlene Dukes. "This scholarship program will enable students to begin their journey toward employment at MGM and we are glad to be a part of it."

For more information on workforce development training, contact Deputy Director of Workforce Services Jeffery Swilley (jswilley@pgcedc.com) or 301-618-8400.