CH&LA Education Foundation
The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation provides funding and assistance to California institutions and individuals as well as for related activities which further research and knowledge in the field of hotel management with respect to the lodging, hospitality, and food service industries. In just the past two decades, CH&LA’s Education Foundation has contributed more than $500,000 to the future benefit on the California lodging industry.
The CH&LAEF has most recently been working closely with California Community Colleges' Retail, Hospitality & Tourism Initiative, providing networking opportunities with industry members, to assist in the development of curriculum that will serve the needs of those industry members. The CH&LAEF has supported high school hospitality conferences, where students from high school hospitality programs are provided with information, hands-on tours, and a better understanding of career opportunities in the industry. CH&LA’s Education Foundation is also involved in the continued education of the industry, teachers and instructors of hospitality programs.For more information on how to get involved, please contact Education Director, Susan Ragatz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling her, 916-554-2678.
Academic & Working Professional Scholarships
The CH&LAEF offers scholarship opportunities to high school students, 2 & 4 year college students, and also to working professionals who are seeking to improve their career advancement opportunities. The current scholarship cycle is closed, but click the button below for information on application requirements and to see a list of last years' scholarship recipients.
Lodging Service Award
In 2014, the CH&LAEF launch the pilot program, Lodging Service Award, a "scholarship" for member properties. Member properties competed for the award which would provide the recipient property with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute's Guest (AH&LEI) Service Gold Program.
Guest Service Gold is a comprehensive program designed to accomplish the goal of creating guest service-oriented line level employees who know how to engage with their guests to provide memorable guest services.
The recipient of the award for 2014 was the 1906 Lodge at Coronado Beach, whose innkeeper, Susan Nelson prepared a stellar application describing why her staff was deserving of this award. The property trained and certified their entire line staff, and then went on to become the first Certified Guest Service Property in California.
In early 2015, the Foundation will begin accepting applications for the next Lodging Service Award. Please bookmark this page and check back in January.
How Can You Help Grow Hospitality Education?
The CH&LAEF will be holding an online auction on the premiere online bidding site, www.biddingforgood.com, from Monday, November 3 through Wednesday, November 12.
Funds raised through the auction will ultimately benefit the lodging industry in CA! They will fund scholarships for students, at all levels, studying for careers, or studying to advance a current position in the lodging industry. CH&LA and its Foundation have been working with high schools, community colleges and workforce development agencies to help raise the awareness of careers in the hospitality industry. This increased focus on the industry has resulted in an increase in available courses, and in the number of students who are making career changes. We need a well-trained and excited workforce pool!
CH&LAEF is now accepting donations which showcase overnight stays, and memorable packages, which might include one or multiple night stays, packages which include recreational activities, professional lessons, brunch or dinner, or perhaps even an item donated by a supportive supplier who recognizes the value of training for careers in the lodging industry (i.e. golf club, gift basket, coffee basket, wine basket, etc.). All donors and supporting vendors will be recognized on the CH&LA website, www.calodging.com, the CH&LA monthly newsletter and in an upcoming issue of the CH&LA Lodging News magazine.
|2014 CH&LA Education Foundation Donors|