Hospitality Training for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Disabled

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by Alex A. Kecskes

The National Statler Center's Careers in Hospitality Program offers classes to the blind, visually impaired and physically disabled to prepare them for productive careers in the hospitality industry.

The courses provide comprehensive training in hospitality, hotels and tourism using customer service as the driving theme. Microsoft Office training via assistive technology is a key part of their curriculum. Statler also provides personal job-search assistance to place graduates.

The Statler program has been offered for over ten years now and has over 360 graduates. Their job placement rate exceeds 82 percent. Graduates of this unique program are computer-literate and armed with a thorough knowledge of industry standards. Statler has successfully placed graduates in hotels, travel and tourism agencies and other businesses who need qualified customer service professionals, including contact (call) centers. Graduates have secured jobs in the Ritz Carlton, Adam’s Mark, Sheraton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Radisson and Hampton Hotels.

Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, the National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service recently celebrated its 11th year and has graduated its 35th class. The unique center has attracted students from all over the nation, including Florida, Hawaii, California, Connecticut, Indiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Missouri, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Arkansas, Texas, New Jersey and beyond.

Statler receives support from Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Allene Reuss Memorial Trust, AVAYA Corporation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Google Grants, Herb Siegel Foundation, Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight Foundation, The Statler Foundation, The William G McGowan Charitable Fund, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, VESID--Vocational Education Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and State and Federal programs.

For more information, contact the Statler Center at 716-888-4526 or visit them on online at Statler Center.

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Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, TV/film entertainment, restaurant reviews and many other topics. As a former Andy/Belding/One Show ad agency copywriter, he also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients. Please see more of his blogs and view additional job postings on Nexxt.


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