Boone Center, Inc. and Midas Hospitality are partnering on a new vocational training facility for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Maryland Heights-based Midas Hospitality and Boone Center Inc. will partner on a new program to train adults with intellectual and development disabilities to work in the community while also earning competitive wages.
The hospitality program will prepare students for housekeeping room attendant positions at Midas’ Courtyard by Marriott hotel in St. Peters. Students will learn how to clean guest bedrooms and bathrooms, replenish guest room amenities, and stock and organize carts through Boone Center’s BCI Skills Center. Each session is eight weeks long capped at 10 students, a spokeswoman said.
“By partnering with Midas Hospitality, our graduates will have more integrated opportunities for community employment than ever before,” BCI Skills Center Executive Director Todd Streff said in a statement. “This program is a win-win for both our students and the hotel properties where they will be employed.”
The program could extend to Midas’ other hotel properties, according to a release. Midas Hospitality currently operates 11 hotels in the St. Louis region, with plans to open two additional hotels this year.
Boone Center offers two other vocational programs: in Salesforce, a customer relationship management platform, and in manufacturing.
Based in St. Peters, BCI provides career planning services and extended employment opportunities for adults with disabilities through organizational and community employment programs. It offers direct employment through the nonprofit’s own assembling, packaging and janitorial services businesses, and supported employment at local companies.
For fiscal 2018 ended June 30, 2019, Boone Center Inc. reported total revenue of nearly $18.02 million and total expenses of $18.23 million.