CH&LA Education Foundation
The California Hotel & Lodging Association Education Foundation provides funding and assistance individuals studying in the field of hospitality and the California institutions that offer hospitality training, 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 of 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 launched 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.
In 2015, three properties were named as recipients of the award: Brewery Gulch Inn - Mendocino, CA, Hallmark Inn - Davis, CA, Magic Castle Hotel - Hollywood, CA. All three properties already exhibit the highest standards in customer service, and will now be recognized nationally by earning the Certified Guest Service Professional designation, upon completion of training and testing of their staff.
Thank You For Helping Grow Hospitality Education
The CH&LAEF will be holding its annual online auction in November to support its scholarship program. Proceeds 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!
Tax Deductible Donations
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please make checks payable to CH&LA Education Foundation, or you may click the button to the left to submit your donation online. For further information, please contact Education Director, Susan Ragatz at email@example.com or 916-554-2678.
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