Red Roof® Announces Debt-Free Education Employee Benefit Program
Columbus, OH – April 4, 2018 – In support of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), Red Roof is partnering with Pearson, the world’s leading education company, to create the Learning Pathways Program, providing debt-free education to its employees. The leading economy hotel chain will give away 100 scholarships in 2018, covering tuition, registration fees, books and school supplies.
The program is available at no-cost to the first 100 full-time hourly Red Roof employees, who work either at a property or contact center. The program will provide them with the opportunity to pursue a GED, Associate’s Degree or another relevant certification in hospitality. Full-time employees are eligible regardless of whether they work directly for a corporate owned Red Roof or a franchised property.
"Investing in Red Roof employees who are vital to the future success of our brand and industry is part of our corporate responsibility," says Andrew Alexander, President, Red Roof. "Providing employees with a golden opportunity to enhance their lives through education is priceless."
The Learning Pathways Program will allow participants to complete a degree applicable to their ambitions with flexible and convenient educational options that fit their lifestyles and schedules through asynchronous learning. Courses will be delivered online and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make balancing work and class manageable and rewarding. Academic Support Coordinators will be available to assist employees as they study.
The program is part of a wider initiative by AHLA to provide employees in the hospitality industry with tools for career success. Research consistently shows that employees with Associate’s Degrees earn higher wages and more promotions while boasting a significantly lower unemployment rate than those without them.
Red Roof chose Pearson as a partner for the program due to the company’s track record of success in managed education strategy. Pearson has helped organizations both within and outside of hospitality to reduce the cost of turnover and talent acquisition by crafting effective development initiatives.