PGCC Students Participate in 2013 Presidential Inaugural Activities

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. — Students from the Hospitality and Tourism Department at Prince George’s Community College will lend their skills to President Obama’s inauguration. Beginning January 14 through January 21, seven students will support Hargrove, Inc., a trade show management company, with a variety of tasks including signage preparation and placement.   

“In addition to being a part of history, participating in the presidential inauguration will give our students a tremendous professional opportunity to work on a large scale event in the Washington, D.C. area,” said Joanna Lanzirotti, assistant professor of hospitality, tourism and culinary arts.  “The experience matches perfectly with the new meeting and event curriculum being offered at the college to best prepare students for employment at a variety of area organizations including those that are political in nature,” she added. 

The Hospitality and Tourism programs at Prince George’s Community College are designed to develop hospitality management and culinary arts professionalsby offering both traditional semester-long courses and short, highly-focused courses for working adults. Coursework covers entrepreneurship, hotel and restaurant operations, sales and marketing, event management and wedding planning, catering management, purchasing, food production, baking and international cuisine.  Faculty includes both full-time instructors as well as working professionals.  To register for courses, visit www.pgcc.edu.  

Prince George’s County based Hargrove was selected as the official general services contractor by the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. As one of the leading event, trade show and exhibit companies in the U.S., Hargrove has played a role in each inauguration since President Harry S. Truman’s second swearing-in ceremony in 1949 and has served as the official general contractor since President Bill Clinton’s first in 1993. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  

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