Events DC on Thursday launched its recruitment efforts for a job training program aimed at preparing 600 District residents for positions at the Marriott Marquis convention center hotel that is slated to open next year.
Applicants can now begin to apply for the program, either online or in person. The training is set to get underway in December and conclude in March 2014. The sessions are to be held at eight locations across all quadrants of the city.
At a kickoff event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) said, “This is exactly what needs to be done to help our city. . .This is just one example of many that we have to do over and over and over again to really make this a city for everyone.”
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Councilmember Marion Berry (D-Ward 8) and Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) also attended the event.
The program will be overseen by Goodwill of Greater Washington. Goodwill is partnering with several other local organizations, including One DC, Progressive Partners, and University of the District of Columbia Community College, for this $2 million initiative.
Catherine Meloy, chief executive of Goodwill of Greater Washington, said the group is employing a variety of tactics to spread the word to local residents about the program: They’ve taken out newspaper ads, launched a Web site and social media campaign, and are relying on their partner organizations to spread the word to through their own communities.
Meloy said the program is a city-wide effort, but said Wards 5,7 and 8 will “have attention given to them,” because those neighborhoods have the greatest need for job placement.