Five students, Nancy Phillip-Todman, Jana Penn, Mikhala Bagot, Timulji Hughes and Johnathan Cruz, were accompanied by Lecturer in the Business and Computer Studies Department Keshia Davis-Barnes. All members of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s Hospitality Club, traveled to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday 15 February to attend a conference being hosted by the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. ‘I strongly feel that it is important for our students to recognize and become familiar with industry professionals which would enhance their awareness of the endless opportunities provided by the tourism industry,’ said Ms. Davis Barnes.
They all attended the NSMH’s 23 Annual National Conference, being held from 16-19 February under the theme, ‘NSMH Nation: iDream iLearn iAm.’ The event is aimed at providing networking opportunities and building relationships with industry leaders and institutions worldwide.
Head of the Business and Computer Studies Department, Marva Wheatley Dawson said participation in the conference is part of a wider initiative at the College, to provide greater exposure for hospitality and culinary students to the industry, enhance networking opportunities with international practitioners, and facilitate internships and work-study placements with business operators in the territory.