HOSPITALITY TRAINING INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIPS

PHILADELPHIA OIC AND PENNSYLVANIA CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY REACH 25-YEAR PARTNERSHIP MILESTONE WITH THE HOSPITALITY TRAINING INSTITUTE. PCCA ALLOCATES $10,000 IN FUNDING FOR TWO GRADUATES OF THE PROGRAM TO ATTEND COLLEGE

PHILADELPHIA, PA (FEBRUARY 4, 2019) – Philadelphia OIC’s Hospitality Training Institute (HTI) is celebrating the 30TH year anniversary since it was established and a 25-year relationship with the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA). Hospitality Training Institute (HTI) opened its doors in 1989 to train individuals in the Philadelphia region for onboarding careers in the hospitality and culinary fields. With the financial support of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, HTI annually trains 200-plus participants in need of opportunities to gain 21st century skills leading to pathways to employment.

In recognition of the 25th year mark, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority allocated two $5,000 scholarships for alumni of the program to further their education in the hospitality industry. Hospitality Training Institute has trained more than 5,000 people including Louise McDougal, Director of Quality Assurance and Inn Keeper, Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast, Philadelphia, Chef Kristol Bryant, Culinary Food Stylist at QVC and Chef Tracey Borden, Culinary Instructor at Philadelphia OIC.

Hospitality Training Institute is designed to prepare students with basic knowledge and practical experience in front desk operations & guest services, environmental services and culinary arts. In addition to equipping students with academic education classes, life skills and counseling – students are required to complete a two-week internship of unpaid experience in a traditional workplace environment to help them gain real world work experience.

“Our longstanding relationship with the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority has proven to be effective in addressing the needs of the unemployed and creating a pipeline for them to become employable,” said Charles Crumbley, III, Interim President & CEO, Philadelphia OIC. “We have over 200 relationships with hotels and restaurants in Philadelphia that we work with to backfill vacancies once our students graduate the program, enabling them to start a rewarding career in hospitality.”

“The Pennsylvania Convention Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2018 and thought it was only fitting to further our investment in OIC with these special scholarships in celebration of our twenty-five-year partnership with OIC,” said John McNichol, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Convention
Center Authority.

Following is the criteria for the scholarship:

  • An applicant must be a current OIC student, or an OIC Alumni from the Hospitality Training Institute Program. Applicants must be in good standing with Philadelphia OIC or have successfully completed the program and satisfied all the necessary requirements of program participation, including externship.
  • Applicants must be enrolled and/or accepted as a student in an accredited university or specialty school with a declared major in hotel/restaurant management, hospitality management, food service, or other hospitality-related program that is subject to approval by the Philadelphia OIC Scholarship
    Committee.

This scholarship opportunity is a one-time, non-renewable award. Interested applicants should download an application packet. For more information, contact Ms. Alida Padilla, Workforce Coordinator, at 215-236-7700 ext. 351, or via email at apadilla@philaoic.org.

Applications are due by Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3 pm.

Individuals interested in enrolling in Hospitality Training Institute should contact Irene Council-Grant, Admissions Specialist, at: 215-236-7700 x (325).

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About Philadelphia OIC
Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) is dedicated to the elimination of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy to ensure a meaningful quality of life for families and individuals within Philadelphia. Founded in 1964, on the principles of “helping people to help themselves,” OIC serves as a catalyst, enabling its clients to establish and maintain critical job and life skills through professional development. OIC serves more than 1,300 unduplicated individuals
annually and has provided more than 16,000 client visitors basic training in computer and Internet technology since 2011.