Hospitality Academy kicks off in Hampton Bays

HAMPTON BAYS, NY — A new curriculum focused on teaching the tools of the hospitality business began Tuesday night at Hampton Bays High School.

According to Hampton Bays Union Free School District Seminar Lars Clemensen, the initial session, based on “hospitality and the service industry,” began with a total of 48 attendees.

The program, according to a statement, aims to focus on “where warmth and sincerity meet to create a fulfilling and lasting positive feeling.”

On Long Island today, the shortage of hospitality talent has created a 61% increase in the number of job openings in the area, the HBUFSD said. “Competition for a skilled workforce is intense and a pool of committed candidates is essential for the future of the hospitality economy in the East End.”

The Hospitality Academy at Hampton Bays is an “educational, engaging and interactive career training series designed to help prepare participants for a multitude of career developments and opportunities in the hospitality industry,” the statement said.

The program is being introduced alongside the opening of the Canoe Place Inn and Cottages — as Hampton Bays continues to grow as a destination, new hospitality career opportunities will open up, district officials said.

The Academy includes traditional classroom instruction, hands-on project-based learning and engagement with leaders in the field and culminates in a career fair in April.

The Academy is free for participants aged 18 and over. Dinner is included in each session from 5:30 p.m. and classes run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Childcare is provided at no additional cost.

Future sessions will focus on careers in hospitality and tourism; Long Island as a global destination; the customer experience journey; food and drink, front and back of house; accommodation and operations, human resources and professionalism at work; Resumes, interviews and marketing yourself.

The Hospitality and Tourism Jobs and Careers Fair takes place on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hampton Bays Secondary School, 88 Argonne Road E, Hampton Bays.

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