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When it comes to the hospitality field, there are plenty of job options these days.

With vast amounts of land for hotels, Vonzell Mattocks, director of the STEP HI hospitality grant, says Prince George's County, Md., is in the perfect position.

"Tyson's is very crowded, so to speak...This is the next mecca and it's going to continue to grow as long as the talent is here," he says.

Prince George's Community College is now working to build that talent for the region. They've transformed their hospitality program from a school of 25 to more than 1,000 students.

Job seekers like Amma Yeboah say Prince George's County needs something promising like this.

"I see that there is a lot of desperation right now," Yeboah says.

But Mattocks says some people dismiss hospitality as a career of subservience. Marla Young says she spent 10 years in the industry and wants to get back in.

"You can start out as entry-level and wind up as a manager or...even having your own branch. People don't realize how far you can go in the hospitatily business. They really don't," Young says.

A well-kept secret that might be one key to the county's economic future.

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