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In 2018, two powerful new programs are launching in Lincoln County. Each is designed to arm you with the best instruction available to succeed and advance in the county’s robust hospitality industry.  Both programs offer participants the opportunity to earn the Guest Service Gold Tourism Oregon Edition certification, through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), and more.

“The hospitality industry is important to Lincoln County’s economy in every community in the county,” said Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center director Dave Price. “But, hospitality is absolutely critical in the south and north areas of the county, communities that don’t have county government offices, large ports or other industries. Thanks to these programs, OCCC – and our partners, including the Overleaf Lodge in Yachats, the Lincoln City Culinary Center, the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Education Foundation, and Waldport High School – will be able to deliver powerful, relevant training to the local workforce at no out-of-pocket expense.” Price said he hopes Lincoln County employers will support the program by sending new employees to either of the programs. “If employers are willing to send employees ‘on the clock’ to participate in this powerful training opportunity, we’ll be happy to accommodate them. In the long run, they’ll save money on training and professional development and will create a happier, more capable workforce in the process.”

ServerSouth County Program
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The first, based in Waldport and Yachats, features a series of steps including an introductory informational session, and a session dubbed “Getting Hired 101,” among others. This powerful South County program is open to participants from across the entire county, and offers a lineup of certification programs from the AHLEI. This is the place to turn to add internationally recognized AHLEI training certifications to your resumé, including Certified Front Desk Representative, Certified Restaurant Server and others.  The program is made possible by grants from Travel Oregon and support from the Oregon Coast Visitors Association and Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Education Foundation.

North County Program
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The second program is the Lincoln County Star Excellence in Hospitality Certificate program, based in Lincoln City but available to all county residents. The program delivers the internationally accredited Guest Service Gold Tourism: Oregon Edition certification in two classroom sessions at Oregon Coast Community College’s North County Center, then heads across town the following week for two more sessions of hands-on training in serving and kitchen etiquette and operations, inside the stunning Lincoln City Culinary Center. The program, taught by longtime Lincoln City restaurateur and corporate dining service trainer Judy Hardy, is funded by the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network and supported by the Culinary Center and Oregon Coast Community College.


To learn more about the south county program, email the coordinator. To learn more about the north county program, email Shirley Hill at the SBDC.