UMES program to house, and transport students to work in Ocean City
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – UMES is announcing a new program to help Ocean City businesses struggling to find workers, and cut down on the town’s reliance on J-1 workers.
The new program, funded by a $1 million grant would allow students across Delmarva, not just those at UMES, to live in dorms on the campus and receive transportation to and from restaurants as part of a 3 credit class that would fully subsidize the cost to students.
“By introducing an academic program they will have housing included and we are applying for more grants to subsidize housing meal plans transportation and activities for those students,” said UMES Hospitality and Tourism Management Professor and Department Chair Dr. Pamela Allison.
Allison tells us this program seeks to fix the two main issues facing workers in Ocean City, housing and transportation. She tells us without the program, the university would not be able to allow the students to live on campus, but is committed to making sure that attending the program doesn’t wipe away the earnings students would see by working in Ocean City.
She tells the program could begin this summer season with 20 students, and they hope to fully expand both the shuttle and dorm services to accommodate more students for the summer of 2023, as well as raising awareness of the program through targeted advertisements and promotions on campus.