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Oct 9, 2019 9:53 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays School District Gets $10,000 From Workforce Development Institute For Hospitality Program

The Canoe Place Inn is expected to have the largest catering hall on the South Fork. PRESS FILE
Oct 9, 2019 9:53 AM

The Hampton Bays School District recently received a $10,000 grant to create an educational hospitality program to prepare high school students for local job opportunities in the tourism industry.

The grant was awarded by the Workforce Development Institute, a nonprofit with a regional office in Huntington that helps people improve their workforce skills and find employment throughout Long Island.

The hospitality program, which began this fall, was established through a partnership between the school district and Rechler Equity Partners, the developer behind the Canoe Place Inn restoration project underway on both sides of the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays.

The curriculum was designed to teach students about careers in the tourism and hospitality management industries while encouraging them to seek employment in those fields locally, in places like the Canoe Place Inn, or CPI.

As part of the CPI project, developers are building a 350-seat catering facility, a 20-room inn and a restaurant and tap room, opening up many hospitality jobs and expecting to attract more visitors to the area.

“Our goal as educators is to help students identify what they are good at, what they love to do and then help them pursue that as productive adults,” Hampton Bays Superintendent Lars Clemensen said in a prepared statement. “The partnership with Rechler Equity Partners, the Workforce Development Institute and the future Canoe Place Inn will empower our kids to pursue a viable career pathway here right in our backyard.”

Additionally, Rechler Equity Partners has recently supported the school district by awarding several $500 scholarships to students, with plans to increase the award amounts next year.

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