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Posted on: December 3, 2019

GIAC Hospitality Employment Training Program Now Accepting Applications

The Hospitality Employment Training Program (HETP) at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) is accepting applications for new participants to begin January 21, 2020

An informational session will be held at GIAC on Thursday, December 5th at 10am. This session is open to the public and is an opportunity to provide services to more community members.

In HETP, participants receive FREE training and work experience to begin a fulfilling career. Participants complete the program over a period of six months and leave with a comprehensive portfolio of certifications and on-the-job training, putting them in a competitive position for new job opportunities. Participants receive eight weeks of instruction in skills (Monday-Thursday 10am-12pm), and receive certifications specific to their career path. Next, they spend six weeks working at local businesses to gain experience and learn the details of operating in the industry. This includes rotations in areas such as front office, food and beverage, clerical, housekeeping, maintenance, and administration/management. 

Some program highlights can include: 
- Tours of local businesses 
- Resume/Cover letter writing & interview prep workshops 
- Professional server etiquette
- Advice from a professional stylist & assistance purchasing interview and work appropriate outfits 

- Transportation and child care assistance 

Applications for enrollment are due January 7, 2020

Orientation will take place at GIAC on both January 6th at 10am and January 9th at 10am (applicants only need to attend one session). Applications will then continue to be accepted on a rolling basis and are available at GIAC or online here

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email Aleshia Akers at, or Sabrina Draffen at  

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