Educational Opportunities with national hotel association
AHLA has recently launched a new initiative - Hospitality For Hope in which online training, educational resources, scholarships are available to hotel employees who have lost their jobs, hours reduced, or wish to continue their education training in their current role.
By this initiative the AHLA foundation gives employees access to:
Free hospitality management online courses
Professional development scholarships for AHLA certifications
Continuing education online programs (English as a Second Language, GED, and Associate Degree College Courses
This opportunity is a key resource to help keep furloughed employees engaged & connect to their role. Manager trainings are available online at no cost to all U.S. hotel & lodging employees. They feature:
Supervisory Skill Builders
Hospitality Manager: Leadership
Certified Hotel Administrator review course
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute has made these courses available to employees April 1 - April 30. AHLEI is also offering significant scholarship opportunities for AHLA's portfolio of professional certifications, continuing education for employees seeking attainment in English as a Second Language, high school diploma equivalency via the GED, and Associate Degree college courses that can all be done online through Pearson AcceleratED.
Employees who are currently impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply for AHLEI certifications as long as they were employed as of March 1, 2020. All other certification eligibility requirements are still in place.
Webinar Series for Sales, Marketing, & Revenue Professionals
Our friends at Hospitality Sales and the Marketing Association International (HSMAI) are holding a no-cost three day webinar series beginning tomorrow (April 7) for Sales, Marketing & Revenue Optimization leaders. The series called "Confronting Coronavirus - What's Next?" will outline what professionals should be doing now and what next steps need to be taken to prepare for the industry's recovery. Sessions will be led by Bob Gilbert, HSMAI President & CEO.
» Staying Focused on Messaging and Tactics (Marketing)
April 8, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET
» Staying the Course (Revenue Optimization)
April 9, 2020 | 11:00 AM – Noon, ET
OHLA Education & Training Fund
OHLA’s fund for helping hotel & lodging professionals with educational opportunities is still functioning and available in these difficult weeks ahead. The Education & Training Fund (ETF) is designed to help finance the continuing education of hospitality industry employees for professional development which will benefit both themselves and the member property. This includes classes through community colleges and universities, approved seminars and webinars, as well as certifications. OHLA works with member properties to provide support as a matching program and will offer to support 50 percent of requested amounts. Applications are reviewed by the OHLA Education and Training Fund Committee and approved by the OHLA Board of Trustees, both of which will be meeting remotely for the near future.
OHLA has a renewed focus on Education & Workforce Development in the hotel & lodging industry. We are expanding our reach to connect with more individuals than ever seeking to gain internships or continuing education opportunities. OHLA is your resource to learn more about the industry, gain real world experience, and provide you with ample networking opportunities to help you move forward in your career. Take a look for yourself!
Share questions, concerns and new developments with any member of the OHLA team.