Hilton partners with Cengage to offer employees high school diplomas, training

COHS is offered free to select Hilton team members in the U.S.

Cengage, an education and technology company, partnered with Hilton to offer its U.S. team members the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates. Offered through Hilton’s employee education assistance program, Career Online High School is designed to reengage adults in education.

“Education and training are key components for building confidence and employee success in the workplace and beyond,” Taryn Mckenzie, executive director, corporate & workforce partnerships at Cengage, said in a statement. “We’re excited to work with forward-thinking companies like Hilton who realize the importance of offering education benefits to employees.”

COHS is offered free to Hilton's U.S. team members with at least six months of service and who are working at a corporate office or an owned/managed property. Of the company’s U.S. team members, more than 5,000 are candidates to earn a high school diploma. In addition to an accredited high school diploma, COHS program graduates earn a credentialed career certificate in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum, from retail and customer service to certified transportation). More than 80 percent of graduates self-report they plan to enroll in additional post-secondary training upon completing COHS.

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According to a statement from Kimo Kippen, VP, global workforce initiatives at Hilton, the company is the first corporate hospitality partner to offer COHS. Hilton is joining other organizations, including McDonald’s and Walmart, in offering COHS to employees.

For more information about Hilton’s high school completion program, visit http://www.mylearningcounts.org/hiltonhs/.

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