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University of Phoenix School of Business Introduces Hospitality Fundamentals Certificate and Associate Degree Programs Aligned with American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Standards

Programs offer laddered pathways to careers in the dynamic hospitality sector

PHOENIX, Feb. 12, 2015 — The School of Business at University of Phoenix, a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group (Nasdaq: APOL), today announced the launch of two new programs for individuals interested in pursuing hospitality careers, or those currently employed in the industry. The new Associate of Arts degree program with a concentration in Hospitality Fundamentals and corresponding Hospitality Fundamentals Certificate are aligned with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute® (AHLEI) curriculum and standards.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the leisure and hospitality sector is expected to increase by more than 1.2 million jobs from 2012 to 2022.

“Curriculum aligned with industry standards can help employers better assess candidates’ qualifications and help current and prospective hospitality employees understand the skills necessary to move up in the industry,” said Scott Chapman, vice president, training and development, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. “AHLEI is pleased to be working with University of Phoenix to provide industry-aligned curriculum and programs that help prepare students with the necessary skills to immediately begin working and growing in this dynamic industry.”

The Hospitality Fundamentals associate degree and certificate program help prepare students to sit for two AHLEI certifications: Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP®) and Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS®). The certificate can be pursued as a standalone program or earned en route to an associate degree. The associate degree program can also ladder directly to a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

“The Hospitality Fundamentals programs were designed to help current and prospective hospitality employees meet the increasing demand for qualified professionals in the sector,” said Ruth Veloria, executive dean, University of Phoenix School of Business. “The programs are reflective of the University’s commitment to align curriculum with industry needs and create laddered programs to help professionals achieve milestones and qualify for roles with increasing responsibilities as they continue to pursue education.”

University of Phoenix® School of Business offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that prepare students to be creative problem solvers for the new economy. The School of Business also offers non-degree programs, including certificates, individual courses and non-credit professional development. Many of these offerings also ladder to University of Phoenix degree programs. Doctoral programs are available through the School for Advanced Studies. To learn more about University of Phoenix School of Business programs, visit

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For more information about each of these programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit:

Bureau of Labor Statistics: U.S. Department of Labor. Industry employment and output projections to 2022. Retrieved Nov. 24, 2014, from