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Southern NH Services’ Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program recently partnered with the Radisson Hotel in Manchester to coordinate a training program for a group of refugee and immigrant individuals that led to full-time employment at the hotel.

WIOA is funded in NH by the Office of Workplace Opportunity.

The training program was delivered by Manchester Community College. The participants earned an industry-recognized hospitality certificate. Upon successful completion of the training program the participants began their employment with the Radisson. They will be taking ESOL classes provided by Holy Cross Family Learning Center and paid for by the Radisson to continue their professional development.

Referrals for the project came from SNHS’s English for New Americans program, the Manchester Community Resource Center, and the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success.

Various community agencies came together to work on this project that represents a win/win for business, the community, and the program participants. A graduation was hosted by the Radisson on March 7th to celebrate the success of the participants and to thank the partners who worked together on the project.

Watch WMUR-ABC Channel 9 coverage of the graduation ceremony.