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HOLYOKE  This summer, Holyoke Community College will be running a free, one-month, intensive line-cook training course at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. 

The course runs Monday through Friday, June 6 to July 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

The HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute is located at 164 Race St. in downtown Holyoke.  

The program is designed for those already in the restaurant industry who want to upgrade their skills as well as unemployed or underemployed individuals interested in starting a new career in the restaurant industry.  

“This may be a perfect option for anyone who loves cooking, is thinking about a career as a professional chef, or wants to gain some professional skills in the kitchen,” said HCC assistant project coordinator Maureen McGuinness. 

The program is being taught both online and in person at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. Participants will learn all the essential competencies they need to become successful line cooks: knife skills; how to prepare stocks, soups, sauces, desserts, poultry, fish and meat; culinary math and measurements; moist/dry heat cooking methods; as well as workplace soft skills, such as building a resume and searching for jobs. 

Offered as part of HCC’s Business & Workforce Development division, the line-cook course is free to qualifying applicants. 

For more information or to register, call (413) 552-2500 or email to [email protected]. 

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HOLYOKE  Interested in jumpstarting a career in the hospitality industry? Holyoke Community College is running a free, seven-week hotel training program starting April 26.  

The hands-on, in-person classes for hotel front-desk workers and hotel room attendants will take place in HCC’s hotel training lab on the second floor of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street in downtown Holyoke.

The program runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-8:30 p.m., April 26 through June 9. 

The course will provide students with up-to-date knowledge of the hotel industry, hands-on experience for front desk and/or room attendant roles, workplace skills, resume building, interviewing, job search assistance, and connections to local employers. 

HCC’s hotel lab was equipped using $35,000 from a 2019 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant, which funds purchases for educational initiatives linked to workforce needs.

HCC ran its first round of free hotel industry training in February and March.

The lab is set up like a hotel reception area with a front desk and adjoining guest room and equipped with the most modern technology and software. 

“The hotel lab gives students the ability to learn in a model hotel room and reception lobby, gain knowledge about key card access systems, and understand point-of-sale technology,” said Jeff Hayden, HCC vice president of Business and Community Services. “This is the kind of experiential training employers are asking for.”

No high school diploma or GED/HiSET test is required for admission.

Offered as part of HCC’s Business & Workforce Development division, the hotel training course is free to qualifying applicants. 

For more information, contact Laura Smith, HCC job placement assistant and career development counselor, at [email protected] / (413) 552-2833, or fill out the inquiry form at hcc.edu/job-ready.

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HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College is launching a free training program for individuals who want to get started in the manufacturing industry.  


HCC’s free Introduction to Manufacturing Techniques program begins Feb. 28, with options for both morning and afternoon sessions over two or three weeks. Group 1 classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon until March 10; Group 2 meets Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. until March 17. 


All classes meet in person at HCC’s downtown location, the Picknelly Adult & Family Education Center (PAFEC) at 206 Maple St., Holyoke.  


A second round of two- and three-week classes (Groups 3 and 4) begins March 28.


The program, designed in collaboration with area businesses, will provide entry-level knowledge and skills for employment in the manufacturing sector in the Holyoke area. Classes are geared for students already employed by area companies or those looking to gain entry into the industry. 


The course will cover general manufacturing processes and principles, math skills for manufacturing, problem-solving strategies, quality-control standards such as Lean and ISO 9000, and career expectations and professional behavior.


A $50,000 allocation in the state budget provided the seed money for the program. 


“Holyoke employers need a trained workforce and Holyoke constituents need career-track jobs,” state Rep. Pat Duffy (D-Holyoke), who advocated for the funding, said last year. 


According to labor and workforce data, 9.7% of jobs in Holyoke are in manufacturing compared to 6.7% statewide. 


Participants will also be connected to area employers and receive job placement assistance through HCC and MassHire Holyoke.


“We believe the program will benefit jobseekers, incumbent workers, and businesses of Holyoke and the region alike,” said HCC President Christina Royal. “Ultimately, the goal is to help lift individuals out of poverty and meet the needs of the business community.”


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend on-campus classes at HCC, including those held at PAFEC.


For more information or to sign up, please contact Paul Sheehan at [email protected]; (413) 437-0062, or fill out the inquiry form online at hcc.edu/manufacturing

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