University of Phoenix and American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Announce Educational Partnership
EI’s 60th Anniversary Drives Focus on Education and Talent Development for Hospitality Workforce
After 60 years of developing talent and educational resources for workers in the hospitality industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) today announced plans to partner with the University of Phoenix® to expand academic opportunities for hospitality professionals.
The announcement includes the first installment of a report on developing talent and increasing the pipeline of career-minded hospitality professionals. "Building Hospitality Talent: Recommendations from Industry Leaders" summarizes insights from a December 2012 Talent Development Roundtable hosted by EI and University of Phoenix. The report identifies 10 components of workforce development that highlight education and training needs in the hospitality industry. To request a copy of the report, contact IndustryStrategy@phoenix.edu.
"When EI was founded in 1953 at Mississippi State University, the sector's leaders made an industry-wide commitment to align training, talent development, and learning certification with postsecondary institutions," said George Glazer, senior vice president of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. "Now, 60 years later, we're still partnering with the country's leading colleges and universities. University of Phoenix brings flexibility and scale to our professional development pathways. For today's hospitality talent – whether workers learning entry-level skills, or seasoned professionals earning general manager certifications — we're prepared to promote best practices that will benefit employees, companies, and the industry throughout this vital part of the American economy."
"Retaining qualified employees remains a challenge for all industries, but the opportunity is especially pointed today for the leisure and hospitality sector, expected to add more than 2.1 million jobs by 2021, according to U.S. government projections," said Dr. Tim Welsh, senior vice president of the University of Phoenix Industry Strategy Group. "We are gratified to partner with EI — an institution built on sharing best practices between industry and academic leaders — and to help align curriculum development, certification, and career services with our expertise in distance learning and training."
Future joint roundtable events and the next installment of research findings will focus on talent development strategies for a diverse range of service levels, and will help to pinpoint the skills and competencies required for emerging roles within the hospitality field.
The nationwide skills gap — the discrepancy between the skills that employers require and the skills that employees possess — has become increasingly evident in recent years. To learn about University of Phoenix's efforts to address the skills gap evident in the hospitality industry and beyond, visit apollogrp.edu/workforce.
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