ORLAEF partners with the industry to provide workforce solutions.
Hospitality management professions are expected to grow 5–8% in the next decade. In Oregon, the hospitality industry is a $9.2 billion industry, directly generating some 91,100 jobs and indirectly creating another 41,000 jobs. As a result, 1 of 9 jobs in Oregon is in the hospitality industry. As hospitality careers expand, the industry is in need of well-trained, highly knowledgeable and skilled professionals. ORLA and its Education Foundation support educational opportunities and job training programs that help ensure the vitality of one of Oregon’s largest economic drivers - the hospitality industry.
Hospitality Training & Certification
High School Career & Technical Education (CTE) Training
Graduates of the two year Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP) program can earn their Certified Hospitality and Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) certification, which provides a base for other accredited and internationally recognized stackable certifications for the industry. Detailed information about this CTE curriculum can be found here. Key elements of the program include:
Instructors often come from the industry and/or are certified as Business and Marketing cluster educators. A professional certification for teachers is also offered from AHLEI.
Post-Secondary Four-Year Degree Programs
OSU-Cascades in Bend provides students with the skills and knowledge to become leaders and innovators in the hospitality industry. Classes are offered in business and operations management, food and beverage operations, technology, entrepreneurship. In addition to core curriculum, the program provides a specialization in ecotourism and sustainability.
Job Programs and Fairs
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) awarded the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) a $1.8 million contract to develop the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA) – the first-ever apprenticeship program specifically for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries. More information on the program can be found by visiting ChooseRestaurants.org/apprenticeship and AHLA.com/apprenticeship.
Want help determining if any of these programs are a good fit for your training needs and goals? Contact Wendy Popkin, Executive Director, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation, 971.224.1505.
Looking for best practices in workforce retention?
ORLAEF commissioned OSU's Hospitality Program to conduct research to identify and highlight Oregon companies with innovative practices resulting in improved employee retention. Watch now:
View the series at: OregonRLA.org/WorkforcePractices
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