The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) recently announced a pilot program to offer degree courses to hotel industry employees in partnership with Pearson’s AcceleratED Pathways program. Ten hotel companies will engage employees across 1,500 hotel properties, giving them the opportunity to pursue higher education at no cost.
This program sounds to be promising due to its unique model of offering jobs and career paths that do not require a college degree, but rather require skills. In fact, many global C-Suite executives and hotel managers started their careers in entry-level positions. However, this program will offer a more personalized educational path that will enable skill development, including a high school GED, a cost-free Associate degree, or a low-cost Bachelor’s degree.
Those employees that complete a post-secondary education tend to earn more money over the span of their careers, have a greater opportunity for promotion and tend to stay longer at companies. With this new program and partnership, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Pearson’s hope to enable greater participation in assistance benefit programs, while offering employees personalized guidance, resources and support services to help students reach their goals.
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