Grant paves way for JCCC sustainability internships

Johnson County Community College received a $63,700 grant for sustainability training, paving the way for another internship option for students in its hospitality management program.

The Mid-America Regional Council awarded JCCC an EnergyWorks KC Green Jobs Workforce Development grant on Dec. 20.

Hospitality management students are required to complete a 360-hour internship in the hospitality industry.

JCCC’s dean of business, Lindy Robinson, welcomed the opportunity.

“It is so important that we start getting serious about measures that help the environment with a benefit of saving money for the restauranteurs and hoteliers,” Robinson said in a news release.

The new internship option will train students in the best practices for saving energy and reducing waste through recycling and composting. They’ll also learn about using environmentally-friendly cleaners and chemicals and the benefits of local product purchases.

The grant will help pay student interns and provide participating restaurants and hotels with up to $5,000 to implement the practices.

Ryan Wing, JCCC senior sustainability analyst, said 10 restaurants have already expressed interest in the program, and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association has voiced its support.

The program is also expected to meet the EnergyWorks KC Green Jobs Workforce goals of establishing a green jobs pipeline in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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