Lancaster PA's Convention Center Hotel Partners with Career & Technology Center to Provide Hospitality Rotation for High School Students

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The Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is pleased to announce a partnership with the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center in Lancaster, Pa. The goal of the partnership is to provide an educational rotation at the Lancaster hotel and convention center for students of the center’s Event Planning and Tourism Services Management program.

Students of the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center's (LCCTC) Event Planning and Tourism Services Management program, flanked by LCCTC instructor Alison Kriner (left) and the convention center hotel's director of HR Michael O'Connor (right).

Hospitality is the second largest industry in Lancaster; Interstate Hotels & Resorts (the operator of the facility) is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company; and this facility is a landmark destination unparalleled in the region.

The Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is pleased to announce a partnership with the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center in Lancaster, Pa. The goal of the partnership is to provide an educational rotation at the Lancaster hotel and convention center for students of the center’s Event Planning and Tourism Services Management program.

Twenty participants from the program (high school students from throughout Lancaster County) will report to the integrated facility once per week through early May 2013 to delve into key areas of the hospitality industry. The students will learn about security, engineering, housekeeping, front office operations, banquet services, culinary, restaurant, sales, accounting, and human resources – and how these functions come together to provide a world-class guest experience.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for us to give back to the community as well as support the budding careers of some of our own future employees,” said Michael O’Connor, Director of Human Resources at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Marriott at Penn Square. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to support this program,” OConnor said.

“Several factors merge to make this an extraordinary opportunity for both the students and our facility,” said Josh Nowak, Sales & Marketing Director for the facility. “Hospitality is the second largest industry in Lancaster; Interstate Hotels & Resorts (the operator of the facility) is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company; and this facility is a landmark destination unparalleled in the region,” Nowak explained.

“Combine these factors with the interest and engagement of some of the brightest students in Lancaster County who are interested in careers in hospitality, and we are looking forward to a very gratifying experience,” Nowak said.

About Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

Serving all of the school districts in Lancaster County, as well as adult learners, the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center seeks to prepare people for skilled, innovative and productive careers. The center is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. More information can be found at http://www.lcctc.org.

About the integrated facility

The landmark, uniquely integrated Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square offers abundant space for groups ranging in size from 5 to 5,000 people, with more than 90,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including a convention and exhibition hall, two grand ballrooms, and several finely appointed meeting and board rooms. In the 299-room hotel portion of this integrated facility, guests enjoy all the amenities commanded by the Marriott name, including granite counters, 37-inch LCD high-definition screens, smart plug-and-play systems for connecting laptops to TVs, and luxurious pillow-top bedding. Additional information is available at http://www.marriottlancaster.com and http://www.lancasterconventioncenter.com.

The Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts (http://www.interstatehotels.com), the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

About ownership of the integrated facility

The Lancaster County Convention Center is a publicly owned entity under the direction of the Lancaster County Convention Center Authority. The Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square is owned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and leased to Penn Square Partners, the private company that holds the Marriott franchise.

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