Certification of Hospitality and Tourism Career Pathways

On February 8, the NCWorks Commission certified our region’s Hospitality and Tourism Career Pathways in Outdoor Recreation & Experiences, Housekeeping & Maintenance Operations, Guest Services Operations, Food & Beverage (Front of the House Operations), Food & Beverage (Culinary Operations), and Sales & Administrative.  Although not a separate pathway, our region’s Hospitality and Tourism Career Pathways integrated entrepreneurship and small business startups.

This was the first Hospitality and Tourism Career Pathway in the state certified by the NCWorks Commission.  As part of this Career Pathway, Mountain Area WDB has received $150,000 in funding to support Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways.  At least 50% of these funds must be spent on training of Dislocated Workers.  It is our understanding if our region is successful in deploying these funds, we can apply for another $150,000 grant to support this pathway.

Thanks to Robert Foster, General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Layton Parker, General Manager of the Hampton Inn Brevard, Shelley White with AB Tech, Scott Adams with Blue Ridge Community College, and Norris Gentry, Chair of the Madison County Commission for joining us at the NCWorks Commission meeting.  The Commission allowed Robert the opportunity to speak at the meeting on behalf of our region and his remarks were well received.  We want to thank over eighty H&T employers in the region who participated and led the development of these pathways.  We also want to thank our many workforce partners including our region’s public schools, economic developers, community colleges, universities, and other workforce partners.

Our region had the largest contingent of any of the Workforce Boards in attendance at the meeting.  In addition, we had more employers in attendance.  I think that speaks volumes to the leadership of employers and engagement by our workforce partners in the development of our region’s career pathways.