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UMES program at Shady Grove gets $300K boost

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program offered by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has received a $300,000 grant to upgrade facilities and support student activities.

But the funds won’t be going to the historically black institution’s main campus in Princess Anne — they’ll be used to enhance the program’s efforts at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, where several University System of Maryland institutions offer courses.

The grant, made by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, will pay for technological upgrades in classrooms — including touch-screen monitors — and the program’s commercial kitchen.

The money will also support student internships and travel to industry conferences, the university announced Thursday.

Ninety-eight percent of the students in the program work full-time or part-time in the hospitality industry in the region, where they use customized technology, Ruth Lee O’Rourke, the program’s Shady Grove director, said in a statement.  The new technology will help give those students a more competitive edge at their current jobs, she said.

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