PRESS RELEASE — Chinese Immigrant Complete Job Training Program; 24 Workers Graduate from Vocational Hospitality Training Program





  • Shaw San Liu

Chinese Immigrants Complete Job Training Program

24 Workers Graduate from Vocational Hospitality Training Program

On Thursday, May 23rd, 24 Chinese immigrants will graduate from the Chinese Progressive Association’s Restaurant Career Ladder Program (RCLP). RCLP is a vocational training and placement program that aims to expand the employment skills of limited English speaking Chinese immigrants and help them access stable living-wage employment in the hospitality and service industry.

This year, 24 students spent 38 weeks studying workplace English, learning about the hospitality and service industry, practicing mock interviews, and learning how to apply for jobs. Students visited hotels including the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf and the Fairmont Hotel. They also met with other immigrant workers currently employed in the industry.

One student, Jennifer Lei, reflects, “This class is very helpful for anyone who wants to be working in the hotel industry. The teachers taught us things that are applicable at my job right now, such as the amenities at a hotel. Because of the class, I was able to find my job right now and I am gaining experience in hospitality every day.”

Graduates will receive certificates for completing the program.

What: Vocational Training Program (Restaurant Career Ladder Program Graduation Ceremony
When: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 – 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Chinese Progressive Association – 1042 Grant Avenue, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94133Why: Chinese immigrant workers graduate from Hospitality program with expanded job skills, ready to find employment  in the hospitality and service industry.

About the Restaurant Career Ladder Program

The Restaurant Career Ladder Program is held by the Chinese Progressive Association in partnership with City College of San Francisco’s ESL program and Chinese for Affirmative Action. The program aims to train Chinese immigrant workers to enter the hospitality industry and obtain stable living-wage employment. Participants study vocational English, learn about the U.S. hospitality and service industry, develop interview skills, and receive assistance in crafting their resumes and in applying for jobs. Since its inception in 2006, the Restaurant Worker Career Ladder Program has trained over 150 Chinese immigrants in careers in the service and hospitality industry.

The Restaurant Career Ladder Program is currently funded by the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.