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Industry Training Program registration open nowHotel Voice - June 24, 2014
Classes are always available to members at the Industry Training Program (ITP). The upcoming fall semester begins September 2, 2014 and goes through mid-December. Courses will fill up quickly, so don’t delay - register now! Call the school at (718) 361-5100, extension 3600 to register. See the bottom of the page for more information on courses being offered this cycle.
For many years, ITP has been helping members upgrade their job skills and learn new trades. Experienced instructors provide this training in state-of the-art classrooms that have the most modern equipment. The school is easily accessible by subway, and over the years it has proved to be a pathway to new skills and better wages for countless Hotel Trades Council members.
Would you like to learn the skills for positions in the Food & Beverage Department? At ITP you can train as a Tournant (line cook), as an A la Carte Server and/or as a Banquet Server.
Maybe you'd like to qualify for a position in the Engineering Department. ITP trains A/C & Refrigeration Mechanics, Boiler Mechanics, Electrical Mechanics, and Plumbing Mechanics. At this time, all these engineering courses meet in the evening, but the school hopes to offer a morning class soon. If you're interested in studying any one of the engineering courses but cannot attend in the evening, please call the school anyway. ITP is building a list and as soon as the school has enough members who wish to attend a morning class, one will be scheduled.
This year the school is especially excited to announce the introduction of its newly designed Computer Courses. ITP has created a two-part program: Level 1 and Level 2. Both parts include the most up-to-date material. As an example, the school has new computers that come equipped with the Windows 7 operating system. Members will use the most recent version of Microsoft Office to learn and/or update their skills. The school is registering members right now for the Level 1 course, and members are welcome to take this course even if they have already completed ITP's previous Computer Skills course. The Level 2 course is not available right now, but it will soon be offered at the school. If you don't want to take the Level 1 course and are only interested in the Level 2 course, you can call the school and let them know. They will take down your information and get back to you as soon as the school opens registration for the Level 2 course.
If you'd like to learn more about the registration process or any of the courses offered through your membership in the Hotel Trades Council, please contact the staff at the Training Center. They will be happy to explain the available classes and answer all of your questions. You can also visit personally with the ITP staff at 43-47 37th Street in Long Island City, which is just around the corner from the Queens Health Center. You can call the school at (718) 361-5100, extension 3600. Remember, the Training Center is just a few minutes away from midtown Manhattan on the #7 train!
Also, members are asked to note that the Industry Training Program does not offer classes in English as a Second Language, English Reading Comprehension or High School Equivalency (GED). But the staff can advise you about free classes near your home provided by the City of New York.
More Information on ITP Courses
Registration for the Industry Training Program’s 2014 Fall Semester is now open. There are currently openings in all the courses listed below. The listings contain very brief descriptions of the classes, but the staff at the school will be happy to provide more detailed explanations of the programs available to you. Fall Semester begins September 2, 2014. You can visit the ITP staff Monday through Friday at the school, which is located at 43-47 37th Street in Long Island City, just around the corner from the Queens Health Center, or call them at (718) 361-5100, extension 3600. Remember, the Training Center is just a few minutes away from midtown Manhattan on the 7 train!
Here are the ITP classes that are available for the coming Spring Semester:
ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic:
This course is designed to prepare you to qualify for certification as a refrigerant handling and recycling technician. You will understand the concepts of recovery, recycling, reclamation and proper refrigerant handling. The four-part EPA examination will be administered at the end of the course. Upon passing, you will hold EPA certification for all the following: Type I — Small Appliances; Type II — High/Very High Pressure Equipment; and Type III — Low Pressure Equipment. Holders of this EPA certification have authorization to purchase refrigerants and service sealed refrigeration systems. This certification is a prerequisite to obtaining a NY State Refrigeration license (Watch Engineer license). Classes meet for three hours once a week for fifteen weeks.
You will learn how hot water systems, steam systems and boiler controls operate; as well as proper preventive and repair maintenance procedures and how to operate the necessary tools and equipment. Classes meet for three hours once a week for fifteen weeks.
This course is designed to teach you about the tools and safety requirements of electrical work. You will learn how to read electrical plans and create systems, make connections, install wiring, switches and receptacles, and work with cable. Classes meet for three hours once a week for 15 weeks.
You will learn about plumbing systems, codes, tools and materials; cutting and soldering copper; fittings and pipes; and fire safety and prevention. You will be prepared to take the New York City W-12 Standpipe & Sprinkler exam for a city-wide license. Classes meet for three hours once a week for fifteen weeks.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS
À La Carte Server:
This course is designed to teach you the art of à la carte service. You will learn the necessary skills and responsibilities, including basic principles of hospitality, menu and service styles, dining room stations, equipment and setup, safety, greeting and seating guests, service sequence, and guest check procedure, including cashiering with a point of sale system. Classes meet for four to five hours once a week for 24 weeks. For the first 12 weeks you will attend classes in the evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and for the second 12 weeks you will attend classes from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
This course is designed to teach you the art of banquet service. You will learn the skills and responsibilities of a banquet server, including room and table set-up, tray handling, food and beverage service, professionalism, and guest service. Classes meet for four to five hours once a week for eight weeks. For the first four weeks you will attend classes in the evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and for the second four weeks you will attend classes from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
Tournant (Culinary Arts):
This one-year program is designed to train you for the position of Tournant or Line Cook. This position is sometimes referred to as swing cook, a person who can work as needed throughout the kitchen. The program is made up of the following ten modules: Safety and Sanitation; Culinary Math; Nutrition and Dietetics; Knife Skills/Fruit & Vegetable Cuts; Traditional Kitchen Brigade/Stocks & Mother Sauces; Soups; Meat, Poultry, Seafood & Shellfish, Butchering Techniques; Fruit & Vegetable Product Identification/Vegetable & Starch Preparation; Cooking Eggs/Salads & Salad Dressings/Sandwiches; Hors d’oeuvre/Appetizers/Understanding Food & Beverage Service. Classes meet for four to six hours once a week for forty-eight weeks. For the first twenty-four weeks, you will attend classes in the evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and for the second twenty-four weeks, you will attend classes from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You may choose to attend classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
COMPUTER SKILLS PROGRAM
Computer Skills: Levels 1 and 2
The Computer Skills program is two separate courses called Level 1 and Level 2. The computers used in the programare equipped with the Windows 7 Operating System, and you will learn the programs of the 2010 version of the Microsoft Office Suite. Level 1 begins with basic operations and learning the Windows system. You will study Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint as well as learning about the Internet and e-mail communication. During Level 2 you will learn to work with Web-based applications, and Microsoft Outlook and OneNote. You will sharpen your foundation skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. For each course, classes meet for three hours twice a week for 15 weeks. You may choose to attend morning or evening classes on Mondays and Tuesdays OR Wednesdays and Thursdays
Members should contact the staff at the Training Center at (718) 361-5100, extension 3600 for more information on upcoming classes.