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