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April 29, 2011
Media Alert

            Students in the first Maryland Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MI-BEST) Baking and Pastry program will demonstrate their culinary talents at a special celebratory event at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute building in the Glen Burnie Town Center.

Talk to the 14 students participating in the program and to the program creators and directors about how the training works. Watch the students create culinary treats and sample the light refreshments made by the students.

            The MI-BEST program, funded in cooperation with Maryland Workforce Corporation and a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, targets students at least 16 years old who did not graduate from high school or earn a G.E.D. Students are instructed in adult basic skills at the same time as they learn occupational skills in a high-demand field -- in this case, baking and pastry making.

            “We see MI-BEST as part of an innovative trend to help learners and job seekers advance more quickly into their intended career path or onto further education. Any programs that remove barriers to learning and career training while creating a competitive workforce will continue to be popular in this economy,” said Andy Moser, president of MWC.

            Please let us know if you can attend. Call Wendy Melchor at 410-777-7073 or e-mail Additional opportunities to meet the students are at an employer panel June 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. and at the completion ceremony June 17, at 5 p.m., both at the HCAT Institute building, 7438 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.