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Since 2014, the Foundation has financed educational scholarships at the Serranía’s Technical Hotel School for 4 young people from the municipality of Sabana Yegua.
The purpose of the project is to finance the education of these 4 students, studying the General Hospitality Services’ Technician program, since the limited financial resources of their families prevent them from receiving technical training. With the amount contributed by the Foundation, the concepts of registration, books and supplies are covered but also, housing, transport, food and medicines for the 4 young people.
The Escuela Técnica Hotelera Serranía, located in a rural area of Jarabacoa, provides professional training to women with limited economic resources, who after two years of study obtain five technical degrees that allow them to enter the labor market (Culinary Art Technician, Bakery Technician, Pastry Technician, Hotel Reception and Restaurant Services Technician and in Housekeeping and Cleaning Service). This year the School celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Arelis Peralta, Francisca Jiménez, Amber Candelier and Yessica Bastista are the 4 beneficiaries of the scholarships awarded by the Barceló Foundation and all have shown great motivation in learning, obtaining excellent academic results. While the first two have already finished their studies and are working in the sector, Amber and Yessica are in their second and last academic year.
The Barceló Foundation wants to contribute to the training of qualified personnel to work in the area of hotel and tourism, the main economic sector of the Dominican Republic.