Before Katrina came to Goodwill she faced numerous hardships in life. When she came across the HOPE (Hospitality Outreach Pathways to Employment) program, she prayed this would give her the opportunity she was seeking to gain employment in a growing industry.
Katrina almost gave up while in class because she was discouraged by a grade that she received on a test, but after a “pep talk” from a HOPE staff member she scored 100% on her next test and was able to graduate in September.
More than 2,000 people (now over 2,700) have applied to a job training program that aims to prepare 600 workers for positions at the Washington Marriott Marquis hotel that is to open in the District in 2014.
Goodwill of Greater Washington, which is overseeing the training program, has held 14 events in September and October to help would-be participants fill out applications and to have them take reading and math assessments.
The applicants come from a variety of backgrounds: Some were recently laid off; others are already employed but looking for a second job to help make ends meet. Faith Tennent, a project director with Goodwill, said she has seen homeless people come in to apply, as well as ex-offenders looking for their first job in years.
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While Congress may have averted the fiscal cliff for now, the new Congress will have its work cut out for it with a number of diverse policy issues vying for attention...