New Class Dates and Sequence for Hospitality Readiness Course


In partnership with the Blarney Stone Pub and Island House Restaurant, Eastern Shore Community College and Workforce Development Services, is proud to announce its new Hospitality Readiness program is set to begin on February 13, 2017.  The Hospitality Readiness Certificate at Eastern Shore Community College is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skill set to obtain entry level employment in the hospitality industry. The length of the program is twelve weeks. Students can gain four industry credentials by the completion of the program.  This program will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. beginning Monday, February 13th.

Course Schedule:

  • Food Safety Training and Certification (ServSafe): February 13-March 1
  • Server Essentials: March 6-22
  • Functions of the Kitchen: March 27-April 12
  • Achieving Excellence in Customer Service: April 17- May 2

Each credentialing course lasts three weeks. Courses include topics on customer service, food safety and sanitation, server essentials, functions of the kitchen, and back of the restaurant operation. Courses will provide specific knowledge and skill sets leading to an industry-recognized and portable professional certification through the American Hotel & Lodging Association.  Students could receive four credentials in as little as twelve weeks.  This certificate program will prepare students to leave the classroom and gain skillful employment. Supported by local Eastern Shore hospitality businesses, the curriculum will promote professionalism, confidence, positive work ethics, and the soft skills needed for long-term success in the hospitality industry.  “We are excited to be able to support this new effort,” said Terris Kennedy, Blarney Stone owner. “We hope getting more young people trained in the hospitality industry will mean that they can stay on the Shore in rewarding careers.”

Classes offered in the Hospitality Readiness Course are available as individual classes as well.  For more information on this program, contact Workforce Development Services at 757-789-7979.

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Chef Gary Sokaitis of the Blarney Stone and Chef Michael Kane of the Island House