Monroe College and Ovation Corporate Travel Partner to Form Academy Offering Travel Consultant Training Program for Entry-Level Employees

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10-Week Program Provides Employment Opportunity With Ovation as a Junior Travel Consultant

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that its School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts has partnered with Ovation Corporate Travel to form the Ovation Academy, which will offer a state-of-the-art travel consultant training program for entry-level employees. Courses will be held at Monroe’s Bronx campus three nights a week for ten weeks, beginning July 21.

The academy offers five courses, including customer service, geography and the travel industry, salesmanship and corporate protocols, and Sabre, which will provide training in the travel management software as it is administered through Sabre Travel Network. Students will receive a total of 75 instructional hours by Monroe professors, in addition to 50 hours of online self-study training in the Sabre program, overseen by Ovation’s instructor for on-site support. Students will receive a certificate of completion for each module at the end of the 10 weeks and an opportunity for employment with Ovation as a Junior Travel Consultant.

“Ovation Academy provides a solid groundwork for students seeking employment as a professional consultant in the travel hospitality industry by helping them to master the essential Sabre software and facilitating a sound understanding of the requisite customer service and sales skills,” said Carol Genese, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Monroe. “This partnership signifies our ongoing commitment to developing advantageous opportunities and programs for students that lead them to future careers.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Monroe College in bringing a unique program to their students. The travel industry is an exciting field, one that offers a wide variety of career opportunities,” said Robin Seligson, Vice President of Human Resources at Ovation Corporate Travel. “We want to encourage more and more students to join this ever growing industry and look forward to welcoming successful candidates to a position at Ovation.”

There is no cost to attend the training program. Students must have accrued at least enough college credits for an AA degree. To learn more about Ovation Academy, please contact Robin Seligson at 212-329-7222 or rseligson(at)ovationtravel(dot)com.

Monroe College has over 100 partnerships with local and national corporations through their Office of Career Advancement, which helps students with career assessment, resume writing, job search and strategy, employer recruitment and placement and interviewing skills. Students have access to the Vault Career Library, the world’s leading source of career information including guides to internships, company profiles and occupational profiles.

Ovation Corporate Travel is a $900 million travel management company providing comprehensive travel services for prominent finance, law, entertainment, retail, consulting and professional service firms since 1984. Ovation’s mission is to provide outstanding service, cost savings and comprehensive travel solutions to professional travel managers, administrators and business travelers. Ovation is the 5th largest travel management corporation by sales volume in the country, according to Business Travel News in 2013, receiving accolades from more than 700 discerning clients. Ovation operates in over 90 offices nationwide and in more than 90 countries.

About Monroe College

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe College graduates more minority students than any other college in New York State.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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