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Join forces with the ORA and OHLA as we embark on this meaningful journey of expanding Oklahoma’s hospitality workforce. HospitAbilities is a skills-based hospitality certification for individuals with intellectual, emotional or physical disabilities. Our award-winning HospitAbilities initiative is a program created in a partnership between the Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA, Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association (OHLA), and the Oklahoma State Department of Career Tech. The program was created to meet a critical workforce need in Oklahoma’s hospitality community, and provide opportunities to those with more limited abilities.

ORA and OHLA learned there were opportunities for Ability 1 students to learn entry level hospitality skills through a Service Careers program, and that there was no formal curriculum or certification. After evaluating the need, both Associations decided to Partner together to launch its 18 essential service skills HospitAbilties program, which includes Industry-Endorsed Certification, Classroom Curriculum, Job Placement Assistance and Employer Training/Support. There are a variety of choices from rolling silverware, dishwashing, mopping, laundry and others. Certification is attained when a student successfully completes 7 of the 18 skills. In a typical school year, students have the opportunity to test in the spring and fall semesters.

One of the definitions of hospitality is a friendly and generous welcome. As leaders in Oklahoma’s hospitality community, we are dedicated and look forward to welcoming students with their HospitAbilities certification into the restaurant and hotel workforce and want to encourage them on their journey to be hospitality superstars and ambassadors!

Partner Levels & Marketing Return on Investment

Join forces with the ORA and OHLA as we embark on this meaningful journey of expanding Oklahoma’s hospitality workforce and supporting educational programming for those with disabilities across the state of Oklahoma. There are a variety of Partnerships available for review below. If you are interested in Exclusive Partnership of HospitAbilities, please contact Patti Colley.

CHAMPION - $5,000 
•Contribute to the success of HospitAbilities students by identifying a team member to help proctor student certifications twice annually.
•Make a short presentation at HospitAbilities events.
•Your business logo on all HospitAbilities student program materials including completion certificates.
•Your logo on the HospitAbilities program landing page of the ORA and OHLA websites.

ADVOCATE - $2,500 
•Your logo on all HospitAbilities program materials.
•Your business logo on the HospitAbilities program landing page of the ORA and OHLA websites.
•Verbal recognition at all HospitAbilities events.
•One social media post recognizing your partnership.

SUPPORTER - $1,000 
•Your logo on all HospitAbilities program materials.
•Your logo on the HospitAbilities program landing page of the ORA and OHLA websites.
 

Your partnership includes inclusion in our program or event digital media marketing including web, E-news, social media,plus onsite production and in the ORA Restaurateur magazine.








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