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Events DC, Washington Marriott Marquis To Hold Job Training Program

8/30/2013, 12:58 p.m.
The Washington Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown D.C. (Courtesy of marriott.com)

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District, announced Thursday the launch of the Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs training program in collaboration with Goodwill of Greater Washington and a coalition of community-based organizations.

The jobs-training initiative will prepare and train up to 600 District residents for jobs with the new Washington Marriott Marquis, which is scheduled to open in May 2014.

Goodwill of Greater Washington, which was awarded the grant for workforce development, will lead the collaborative training effort with United Way of the National Capital Area, the University of the District of Columbia Community College, Progressive Partners, LLC, GROW LLC, the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning and other District-based organizations.

The purpose of the grant is to select a workforce intermediary to recruit, prepare, train, and refer new hotel employees in cooperation with Marriott International, Inc.

“Not only are we delivering jobs and economic development for the District, we are inspiring and mentoring individuals with career and life-skills training,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “These opportunities are priceless for our residents – helping individuals to kick start a new professional life, while reinventing a career in hospitality for others.”

The jobs-training initiative will feature free comprehensive career and personal skills curriculum.

“Launching this jobs-training program creates a synergy between Events DC, Goodwill of Greater Washington, their community partners and the Washington Marriott Marquis – a team effort that will drive the creation of job opportunities and lasting economic benefits for the District and its residents,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “We eagerly look forward to the opening of the Washington Marriott Marquis. The hotel’s impact will extend beyond the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to residents across all corners of the city, ultimately raising the profile of Washington, D.C. as destination.”

The Marriott Marquis will have a variety of hospitality job openings for participants upon completion of the program, ranging from front desk, cashiers, hosts and cooks to housekeeping, stewards, servers and security.

"Goodwill of Greater Washington is honored to have been selected by Events DC to lead the administration and execution of this jobs-training program for the Washington Marriott Marquis, with the outcome being career-entry positions for residents of the District of Columbia,” said Catherine Meloy, president and CEO of Goodwill of Greater Washington. “All of the program partners will be joined by many other community non-profits to help recruit, train and place the most qualified staff at the new Convention Center hotel. Events DC and Marriott International, Inc. had a vision for the Washington Marriott Marquis to be a hotel for the city, serviced by people of the city. How fortunate we all are to play a part in creating the reality of this vision."

Scheduled to open in May 2014, the 1,175-room, 49-suite Washington Marriott Marquis, located at 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, will complement the adjacent Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Enrollment for the program opens on Aug. 29. The jobs training segment will begin in December and end in late March. For more information about the program and enrollment requirements, visit www.hospitality.dcgoodwill.org.