The College of the Florida Keys is partnering with Hawks Cay Resort to hold hospitality classes and internships at the resort, starting in January. HAWKS CAY RESORT/Contributed

The College of the Florida Keys is partnering with Hawks Cay Resort to expand educational and training opportunities in the hospitality field in the Middle Keys. Beginning in January, the resort will host CFK hospitality classes on the property and sponsor three paid internships within CFK’s Hospitality Game Changer Scholar program. Scholars will have the opportunity to live at Hawks Cay Resort during their two-year experience. 

CFK’s Hospitality Game Changer Scholar Program includes a scholarship and/or grant support that covers 100 percent of tuition for Florida residents earning an associate in science degree in hospitality and ecotourism management. Game Changer Scholars take classes full-time as part of a cohort learning community. Classes will be held in-person at the Hawks Cay Resort property and online. 

Beyond learning in their classes, Hospitality Game Changer Scholars will gain professional experience through their internship. Hawks Cay Resort has created three immersive experiences that focus on: minor operating divisions, food and beverage, and rooms. Students will participate in a rotating series of jobs, giving them broad familiarity with and perspective on the resort operations. They also receive regular guidance and encouragement from a coach and mentor. 

The Introduction to Hospitality class at Hawks Cay Resort will be available to students beyond the scholar program, opening the in-person learning opportunity for Middle Keys-based students as well as hospitality professionals. 

More information is available from Marissa Owens, CFK director of recruitment, at [email protected] or call 305-809-3207. 

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