related to the learning hotel Parasasa Hotel Curaçao…
Willemstad –October 19, 2023 – On October 19, a ceremony took place to formalize and sign a collaboration agreement between ROC Mondriaan, the school boards of Dienst Openbare Scholen (D.O.S.) and Rooms Katholiek Centraal Schoolbestuur (R.K.C.S.), and the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises Da Costa Gomez (UoC). The goal of the agreement is to formalize the working collaboration within the framework of the learning hotel, Parasasa Hotel Curaçao. The main values of the signed agreement are: collaboration, commitment, responsibility, and transparency. The signing ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education, Mr. Sithree van Heydoorn, Minister Ruthmilda Larmonie-Cecilia in representation of the Minister of Economic Development and several public and private sector partners. During the ceremony, everyone had the opportunity to view a sample room, providing a glimpse of what can be expected as soon as the learning hotel, Parasasa Hotel Curaçao opens its doors for guests in the first quarter of 2024.
In the learning hotel, students get practical lessons focused on topics related to management in the hospitality and tourism industry. The learning hotel is part of the foundation called Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre (CHTTC), which is a collaboration between the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association (CHATA), and ROC Mondriaan in The Hague. There is furthermore a close collaboration with the educational institutions Maris Stella SBO, Nilda Pinto SBO and the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises Da Costa Gomez (UoC) and with the government and private sector partners.
From the beginning of this school year, the students of Nilda Pinto SBO and Maris Stella SBO have been attending classes at the learning hotel. In the morning, they have different classes focused on the competencies required in the tourism and hospitality industry. In the afternoon, they visit different organizations in the tourism and hospitality industry to observe and experience up close how the work is done in practice. The ultimate goal of the learning hotel is to contribute to a larger and better-trained workforce that is equipped and qualified to enter the labor market in the hospitality and tourism industry.