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American Hospitality Academy

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Established:1896 A.D.
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Education Body Type:International Affiliations
Language of Education:English

The American Hospitality Academy (AHA) is a full-service education and training company that delivers comprehensive programs designed specifically for the hospitality industry. AHA is unique in its ability to meet the needs of three distinct yet related client groups worldwide - students, professionals and corporations.

Founded in 1986, AHA has become the leading internship provider in the USA placing thousands of students from around the world in premier resorts and hotels. In 2005, AHA championed SERVLEAD (Service Leadership in a Multicultural Workplace,) the first Global Internship Certification and Training Manual in the world that combines both the leadership and cultural awareness skills necessary to compete in today's global economy. It was produced in partnership with the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) and educators from around the globe.

AHA's second publication "Service Basics: A Guide to Developing Positive Work Ethics in a Multicultural Environment" is also a hospitality industry first. Published in May 2006, The Service Basics Manual and Workbook stress the importance of strong work ethics in today's global industry.

In 2006, AHA established AHA-International Hotel Management Schools (AHA-IHMS) as a way to better serve the needs of the international community for world-class hospitality education. AHA-IHMS is a growing global network of private career colleges linked by a common vision and mission and academic goals. These campuses provide two-year Diploma programs in International Hospitality Management and International Culinary Arts.

In 2009, seeing the possibilities, freedom and flexibility that new web-based technologies could offer, AHA developed it's proprietary Online World Campus - a safe, secure, and easy to use online learning and management system. World Campus provides access to AHA's two year Diploma in International Hospitality Management as well as a series of Certificate programs that address essential management and service skills.

Participants can study in a global, multicultural classroom and participate in the World Campus professional networking community where they can engage in global discussions, share ideas, cultures, best practices and gain access to valuable training information.

In 2010, AHA introduced "a ha! University" an online customer service and corporate training division.Through World Campus, "a ha!" university provides extensive professional development and corporate training products and services, including customized programs, access to AHA Certificate Programs and online training.

Community involvement, caring about the future and making a difference in the world are all highly valued by AHA. The company's overall vision has always been "to create a better world through education, integrity and cultural understanding". Accordingly, in 2006 AHA created the World Peace Passport (WPP), a non-profit organization whose global education initiatives aim to connect students and teachers around the world in a common study of cultural understanding.

It is through these ongoing initiatives and willingness to move not only with, but ahead of the times, that AHA has maintained its commitment to providing universal access to quality education and training relevant to current and future needs. It is proud of its pioneering spirit in developing leading-edge programs relevant to the needs of individuals and industry in the 21st century.