Choctaw, ECCC Team Up

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The Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians and East Central Community College have agreed to work together to train hotel and restaurant workers.

The signing ceremony marked a major milestone. The agreement created a two year hotel and restaurant management program at ECCC that tribal officials say they hope will better train workers and potential workers there.

The program will be located at the Choctaw Hospitality Institute. It will be open to both resort workers and the general public. East Central officials call it a great way to expand the work they do.

The program is designed to provide specialized instruction for careers as managers in the tourism industry, so a degree should do much more than qualify students to work at the Pearl River Resort. Classes will begin during the fall 2006 semester.