Mexican Service Workers Get Chance to Obtain Professional Certification

Goya Foods delivered a $50,000 check to fund the program. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario-La Prensa)

A certificate program at the City University of New York (CUNY) will allow Mexican workers in the service industry to professionalize the skills they have gained through years of experience.

The Mexican Consulate General announced the opening of the Competency Certification Course, which is funded by the government of the Mexican state of Puebla, Goya Foods and CUNY. The program will have around 50 spots and offer 15 weeks of instruction in English writing skills, the basics of hotel administration, and applied math in the hospitality industry.

Participants will earn a double certification – one from CUNY and one from a Mexican school – and accreditation that will allow them to pursue higher education.

Jesús Pérez, director of the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success at Brooklyn College, emphasized that those accepted into the program will also benefit from being able to apply for free for the food service permit required by the Department of Health.

Pérez explained that participants will take a regular semester’s worth of classes four days a week – five hours of instruction per day – in three separate subjects, each comprising 45 hours.

The department of Hospitality Management at the New York City College of Technology will administer the course on a $100,000 budget. Each student will receive free books and a free Metrocard.

The deadline to apply is July 15 and classes will begin September 9.

Registration forms will be available at the Mexican consulate, the College of Technology in Brooklyn, and Mi Casa es Puebla in Passaic, N.J.

Those interested in the program must prove their identity and nationality by showing a copy of their passport or registration with the consulate.

For more information, call the Mexican consulate in New York at 212-217-6400.

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