Building a Pipeline of Future Hospitality Workers

August 23, 2021

In 2015, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation approached DECA to help build a pipeline of talent to shape the future of the hospitality industry. The annual grant provides cutting-edge, virtual simulations to thousands of DECA members, delivers curriculum grants to hundreds of DECA advisors and removes barriers to access these resources and professional development for students and teachers from minority, at-risk and underserved populations.

Over the past year, recipients of the Marriott Foundation curriculum grants created many unique opportunities for students during a year filled with virtual instruction. Using the Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Challenge—Hotel simulation, DECA members were able learn about the hospitality industry and see how their decisions affected profitability and customer satisfaction.

Learn more through the Impact Report about this project made possible by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and how it has impacts learning in dozens of DECA chapters each year.

Be sure to visit DECA Direct Online to learn about future opportunities and how you may apply to be a part of this project creating awareness of the career pathways available in hospitality.


Diane Pruner
Grants Program Director

As DECA’s grants program director, Diane serves as the liaison with DECA’s premier grant partners and works closely with DECA chapters who have been selected as recipients of the grants. Diane has worked for DECA since 2015.

Discussion Questions

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

Classroom Connection

Career CLuster:

Instructional Area(s):

Performance Indicators:

No items found.