Courses Include Online Hospitality Trainings, GED, ESL, College

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2020) – In an effort to support the 8 million hotel industry employees affected by this unprecedented public health crisis, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today announced free resources to help industry employees continue their education during this difficult time. 

As part of AHLA’s Hospitality for Hope Initiative, the AHLA Foundation will provide: 
•    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)

In this time when travel has virtually come to a halt and many employers have had to furlough their team members, ongoing learning opportunities can keep employees connected to the job. The Foundation has underwritten funding to provide the top three online manger trainings at no cost to all lodging employees in the U.S. These include: 
•    Supervisory Skills Builders, 
•    Hospitality Manager: Leadership, and
•    Certified Hotel Administrator review course 

The courses are provided through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and will be made available April 1 – 30.  

“With nearly four million hotel workers losing their jobs because of this public health crisis, the AHLA Foundation aims to provide free opportunities to help employees advance their skills and education so that when we all get back to work, they are one step ahead,” said Rosanna Maietta, President of AHLA Foundation & AHLA EVP. “Our people are our greatest resource, and in their time of need, we want to do all we can to support them with free education and certification opportunities.” 

In addition to the AHLEI managerial courses, the Foundation is offering professional development scholarships to cover the cost of AHLA's portfolio of professional certifications, allowing individuals to grow their industry knowledge, enhance their professional skills, and receive industry recognition. 

Additionally, the Foundation is providing scholarship funds to support 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. 

Information on the free training courses, professional development scholarships, and continuing education offerings can be found by visiting

The Foundation’s announcement is part of AHLA’s newly announced Hospitality for Hope Initiative, which seeks to showcase the positive work the hospitality industry is doing to help employees, communities across the country, and the industry during this unprecedented health crisis.

In the midst of this challenging time, we are encouraged by the many individuals and groups coming together to create much needed support systems. For those interested in joining our support network, consider financially supporting the Foundation’s relief efforts by making a donation HERE.

About The AHLA Foundation: 
The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is dedicated to helping people build careers, improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. From lifting individuals out of poverty and connecting them with a life-long career in the industry to providing certifications to promote current hotel employees into leadership positions, the Foundation's programs are changing the industry by changing lives. We are committed to elevating, educating, and empowering individuals and the public on the industry’s story of opportunity and advancement. Since its founding in 1953, the Foundation has distributed over $27 million in support of the industry and is committed to ensuring a strong and viable workforce for the entire lodging industry. The Foundation is funded solely by contributions from generous individuals and companies who want to give back to the hotel industry and ensure a successful future. Learn more at