Every issue of our school newsletter, The Main Course, includes a slice of life at ICE with a variety of interviews, articles and profiles. In the Winter 2012 issue, we looked at the bios of three current students, including Manuel Pastrana, a current student in our Hospitality Management career training program who is exploring his enthusiasm for good service and the future of a career in the hospitality industry at ICE.
Manuel Pastrana comes naturally to the hospitality world after spending more than 12 years working in customer service, including 10 years as assistant manager, of a Sprint/Nextel retail location. He hopes to launch a career that will see him become the general manager of a hotel — anything but being stuck in a cubicle, he says. Pastrana obtained an associate’s degree in hospitality management from Kingsborough Community College in 2003, but took a break from further studies after the birth of his now six-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. Pastrana, whose parents are from Puerto Rico, was born and raised in Brooklyn. He likes to play softball and football when not at ICE.
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