Building a Pipeline of Future Hospitality Workers

Aug 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

Diane Pruner is DECA's grants program director. In this role, she oversees the AT&T Grant, which connects students from underserved populations with AT&T employee mentors. Working with schools across the country, she helps facilitate mentorship opportunities, trainings and other programs that ensure students are college and career ready.

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