Three Montgomery College alumni studying hospitality management at the University of Maryland–Eastern Shore (UMES) were selected to participate in the Marriott International Voyage program, a prestigious, yearlong graduate leadership development program for hospitality management trainees.
Edgar Hernandez ’14, Ken Brewer ’14, and Adnan Chaudhry ’15 competed with 96 other students in Newport Beach, California, to reach a final stage of the program — the largest number ever sent by UMES.
Hernandez, who worked in restaurants all through high school, says his enrollment in the Montgomery College hospitality program sparked his interest in the industry even more. Having already completed an internship at the Ritz Carlton, Hernandez says, “I really respect the Marriott work ethic and that’s what got me interested in the Voyage program. I am excited to work with Marriott; they have multiple brands to work with and doors are going to open for me.”
The Voyage program uses hospitality-specific training through a virtually simulated hotel environment to help students learn to adapt to real life situations that present themselves in the hospitality industry. Participants are given in-depth comprehensive training on Marriott as a global brand, guidance from senior leadership, and exposure to hotel operations.
The College’s Marriott Hospitality Program includes scholarship funding that enables students to complete their degree and successfully transfer into the program at UMES.
Program disciplines include engineering, food and beverage operations, human resources, culinary, event operations, accounting/finance, room operations, event planning, sales/marketing, and revenue management.
The accompanying video highlights the students’ experiences as Voyage program participants. Be sure to check out this video about the program, the partnerships, and the students who made it happen.