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RIHEF Hosts Student Career Conference in Providence

The RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF) held a Hospitality Student Career Conference for 150 career and technical education high school students that are currently enrolled in a ProStart® or Hospitality and Tourism Management Program in Providence on November 12, 2019. The conference, hosted at the Rhode Island Convention Center, was designed to give students with little-to-no previous employment experience “the tools that they need to compete” at the hiring table during a time when many employers are experiencing a shortage of hospitality help. Participating schools included: Chariho Area Career & Technical Center, Cranston Area Career & Technical Center, Regional Career & Technical Center at Coventry, East Providence Career & Technical Center, Exeter Job Corps Academy, Providence Career & Technical Academy, Warwick Area Career & Technical Center, Westerly High School, William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School and Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center.

Karen Tungett, Owner, Blackstone Caterers; Sam Glynn, Owner, Chomp Kitchen and Drinks; Angie Armenise, Chef and Co-owner, Blackie’s; Joanna Arrighie, Director of Sales and Marketing, Providence Marriott Downtown; Thomas Riel, Vice President of Sales and Services, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO, Rhode Island Hospitality Association; Burnell Goldman, General Manager, Omni Providence Hotel; and Socrates Ramirez, General Manager, Renaissance Patriot Place.

Thomas Riel, Vice President of Sales and Services, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau checking in as local hospitality students outline their goals for the future.

 

 

 

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