The hotel industry has a legacy of investing in its workforce and opening opportunities to advance careers and achieve the American Dream. Building upon this legacy, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), the foundation arm of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, is proud to announce a pilot program to offer streamlined degree programs to hotel industry employees. Through this groundbreaking initiative, the first of its kind within the hospitality sector, eligible employees at participating hotel programs can pursue higher education at no cost to the employee.

“The hospitality business is about taking care of people--both our guests and our workforce. We could not do what we do without a strong, talented workforce. Our industry exemplifies the American Dream, fostering development, upward mobility, and exciting lifelong careers. Today’s announcement builds on a legacy of resources and training the hotel industry provides to our employees, and we are excited to give working adults in the hotel industry a more affordable and flexible education, and helping employers to attract and retain talent in the process. This is a win-win.” –Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA)

The pilot program is offered in partnership with Pearson, a global education company. Employees of companies in the pilot program who are interested should contact their local human resources department for more information.

Pearson will help match an employee with an online degree program at an accredited community college or university to complete an Associate or Bachelor’s degree. In many cases, employees can use existing college credits to jumpstart their education, and apprentices currently enrolled in AHLA’s apprenticeship program can also earn college credit. This allows many of the busy working adults in the hotel industry to stay in control of their education while they juggle jobs and family obligations. Students also receive support services that significantly reduce the administrative burden, making it more likely that they will complete their degree.

Employees of companies in the pilot program who are interested should contact their local human resources department for more information.To read more about Pearson’s AcceleratED Pathways, please click here.

Companies participating in the pilot include:

Employees of companies in the pilot program who are interested should contact their local human resources department for more information.

Hersha Hospitality Management

New Castle Hotels & Resorts

The Osthoff Resort

OTO Development

The Nines Hotel

Pivot Hotels & Resorts

Davidson Hotel and Resorts

Pyramid Hotel Group

Red Roof

TradeWinds Island Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts