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The College of the Florida Keys is partnering with Hawks Cay Resort, above, to hold hospitality classes and internships at the Middle Keys resort, starting in January.

The College of the Florida Keys is partnering with Hawks Cay Resort to expand educational and training opportunities in the field of hospitality in the Middle Keys.

Beginning in January, the Duck Key resort will host CFK hospitality classes on their property and sponsor three paid internships within CFK’s Hospitality Game Changer Scholar program. Scholars will have the opportunity to live at Hawks Cay Resort during their two-year experience.

CFK’s Hospitality Game Changer Scholar Program includes a scholarship and/or grant support that covers 100% of tuition for Florida residents earning an associate in science degree in hospitality and ecotourism management. Game Changer Scholars take classes full-time as part of a cohort learning community. Classes will be held in-person at the Hawks Cay Resort property and online.

Scholars will participate in a rotating series of jobs to gain broad familiarity with and perspective on the resort operations.

The college’s January-starting Introduction to Hospitality class at Hawks Cay Resort will be available to students beyond the scholar program, opening the in-person learning opportunity for Middle Keys-based students as well as hospitality professionals.

Prospective students are invited to learn more about CFK’s hospitality training opportunities at Hawks Cay Resort at a free virtual information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28. Attendees will receive a code to waive the $30 college application fee. Registration for the event is required. Visit CFK.edu/events to learn more and to register. For information, contact Marissa Owens at recruiter@cfk.edu or call 305-809-3207.

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