Merced College and El Capitan partner for hospitality career academy

Merced, Calif.-area residents can pursue careers in hospitality and customer service while earning college credits through a new partnership created by Merced College; downtown Merced’s new El Capitan, a JdV by Hyatt hotel; and Mainzer, a new restaurant and performance venue that is also managed by Hyatt.

Classes will run from September to December and will take place in person at Mainzer. The academy is free to participants, but spots are limited. The program will end with a community interview day and graduation. Students who complete the program will earn a local certificate of achievement and will be positioned for careers in hospitality and customer service, including immediate opportunities with El Capitan and Mainzer.

The partnership is part of El Capitan’s Heart of Merced program, focused on positively impacting the Merced community, particularly in the areas of education, jobs and economic development. Since opening, the property has brought more than 100 jobs to the Merced area, and the company is committed to hiring locally and supporting community organizations.