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A Novel Concept to Address Current Talent Shortage

21 June 2022
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The upper echelon of luxury, the Canoe Place Inn was originally established in 1697 on the iconic eastern shores of Hampton Bays, New York. An iconic destination in Southhampton, the 20-inn rooms and suites tout custom-designed interiors, private cottages, and seasonally-inspired food and beverage offerings focused on a fresh, refined experience. The well-rounded guest experience includes access to a full-service spa, outdoor pool, and cabanas in addition to cultural programming and local excursions. Scheduled to return to its former glory in summer 2022, the historic conclave has been closed for a major restoration since 2009. 

Throughout the last 13 years while the Inn was closed for a major restoration, Michael Brod, the Managing Director of Canoe Place, partnered with Lars Clemensen, Superintendent of Schools in the Hampton Bays Union Free School District, to establish a novel concept to support the current talent shortage industry-wide, launching The Hospitality Academy at Hampton Bays in March 2022. 

The ten session program established in partnership with Canoe Place Inn, Hampton Bays Union Free School District, the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs, and Rechler Equity Partners intended to introduce a new wave of potential associates to the world of hospitality and includes practical lessons in front and back of house protocols needed to better understand functions and how individual departments play a role in cultivating a memorable guest experience. The academy is free-of-charge and includes traditional classroom instruction, hands-on project-based learning, and engagement with local leaders in the field of lodging and hospitality and culminates in a job fair. Understanding that circumstances vary for students attending, dinner and childcare are both included. 

Commissioner Drago (right) congratulates an academy graduate

Kudos to Michael, Lars, and all involved in bringing this initiative to life. Not only will The Hospitality Academy at Hampton Bays create new career opportunities in the world of hospitality but it also nurtures a committed workforce dedicated to cultivating and providing genuine hospitality that will ensure that visitors and locals enjoy memorable experiences for years to come. To learn more about The Hospitality Academy at Hampton Bays and to adopt this model within your own community, contact Lars Clemensen at lclemensen@hbschools.us

2022 Hospitality Academy at Hampton Bays Graduates 

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