Tri-C, Cuyahoga Corrections Center partner on Hospitality
Workforce Training Program
CLEVELAND, August 29, 2018: A partnership between
Cuyahoga Community College
and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department Corrections
Center has launched a workforce program to prepare inmates
for jobs in the high-growth hospitality industry.
The four-week program held at the Corrections Center aims to
reduce recidivism rates through education, skills training and
job placement. The first class of nine students graduated
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
The training sessions offer inmates an opportunity to earn four
professional certificates related to the hospitality field. The
credentials address topics such as food handling, guest
services, safety and tourism.
Each certificate reflects workforce needs of employers in the
local hospitality industry, including hotels and restaurants who
conducted job interviews with students as part of the program.
“We want the students to leave the Corrections Center on a path
toward life and career success,” said Michael Huff, the
College’s dean of hospitality management. “This is their chance
to build a better future.”
Tri-C’s Hospitality Management Center of Excellence created the
course in response to a request from the Corrections Center. The
program builds upon county efforts to reduce rates at which
former inmates reoffend by readying them for jobs upon release.
“This program is another step in ensuring those in our care are
best positioned for success upon re-entry to the community,”
said Ken Mills, the county’s director of regional corrections.
“It affords them the opportunity to make meaningful
contributions to society through gainful employment."
Students who pass the training program also receive two hours of
course credits at Tri-C to assist them in continuing their
education at the College’s Hospitality Management Center of
Inmates selected for the program are nearing release after
serving sentences for misdemeanor crimes. Candidates are
identified by corrections officers and judged as model inmates
demonstrating a commitment to change.
A second class is scheduled to begin in September.