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For Immediate Release (01-50)
Date:  August 1, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Montgomery College)

Hispanic Business Institute Wins National Achievement Award
Initiative Co-sponsored by Montgomery College, Montgomery County,
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Recognized for Serving Community

The Hispanic Business Institute, a partnership of Montgomery College’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education unit, Montgomery County and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has received an economic development achievement award from the National Association of Counties. The nationwide awards program recognizes innovative and successful county government programs.

"This initiative is reflective of the sensitivity of Montgomery College, in responding to the needs of the Hispanic Community, and to the achievements and dreams of so many people," said Alfredo Echevarria, founder of the Hispanic Business Institute and a business representative for the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

The Hispanic Business Institute was established in 2000 to provide Hispanic individuals and small businesses with training and opportunities to create, expand and develop their businesses in the American marketplace.

The first tier of classes provides an overview—or foundation—for individuals interested in establishing their own businesses. The second tier offers courses and workshops for those who are in business. The third tier delivers specific training to those who want to enhance their work opportunities in non-technical labor markets. One-on-one coaching is also available to students. Montgomery College issues a certificate to all students who successfully complete each training tier.

The Hispanic Business Institute’s training courses are taught in English, but the majority of instructors are bilingual. Written materials are offered in English and Spanish, and emphasis is on maintaining a user-friendly environment for participants.

The institute plans to offer free childcare services to parents attending classes through a new program that will help train women interested in obtaining a license to operate a childcare center.

For more information about the Hispanic Business Institute at Montgomery College, call 240-567-7867.

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