The Catholic University of America

May 21, 2007

Metropolitan College Awarded $220,482 Grant to Provide Job Training

CUA Courses Will Allow Students to Advance Careers in Health Care and Hospitality Fields
Sara Thompson, dean of Metropolitan College


CUA's Metropolitan College has received a $220,482 grant from the D.C. Department of Employment Services for a program unique in the Washington area that will prepare workers to advance professionally in the health care and hospitality industries, identified as high-growth fields by the U.S. Department of Labor and the District of Columbia.

Starting this summer, the program will prepare 50 people at Providence Hospital in Northeast Washington and Marriott International Hotels in the District for "a career ladder ultimately leading to professional-level positions in their fields," said Sara Thompson, dean of Metropolitan College.

In the past, similar programs in the D.C. area have focused primarily on training unemployed individuals for entry-level jobs rather than training both unemployed and employed people for higher-level jobs that enable them to move ahead in their careers.

"We're pleased that, with this grant, the Department of Employment Services has recognized Metropolitan College as an educational leader in the District," said Thompson. "Our hope is that the program will help to set our students on a trajectory of success in both their career and academic paths."

Metropolitan College worked with Marriott and Providence Hospital - its partners in the upcoming training - to develop the programs, which will offer college credits and certificates of completion.

Following the training, workers at Providence Hospital will be eligible to move from technical to management positions. A medical technologist, for example, would be prepared to assume a position as a blood bank supervisor.

At Marriott International, employees will be prepared to move from various service positions within the company's hotels and restaurants to higher-level management positions. An assistant front desk manager would have the training to become an events manager.

Keith Mitchell, director of the D.C. Workforce Investment Council, said, "This is a model program that, if proven successful, we would like to continue in the future. This type of public-private partnership could become a best practice in the District."

MEDIA: For more information, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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CUA's Metropolitan College offers individual programs designed with maximum flexibility to meet the special needs of adult students. Classes are offered in accelerated, evening and online formats to accommodate the schedules of working adults. The college also works with business and professional groups to meet the professional updating and certification needs of their members.

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