4 Years of Partnership

4 years of partnership


4 Years of Partnership

Throughout the last 4 years of partnership, Columbus Hospitality has aided many individuals with Goodwill Columbus’ Workforce Development Program.  Locally, Goodwill Columbus helps meet the needs of all job seekers, including specialized programs for youth, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. Last year, Goodwill Columbus’ Workforce Development team helped place 353 individuals into competitive employment with 177 local employers.  For the last 4 years, Goodwill Columbus and Columbus Hospitality Management have partnered with a number of success stories.  Here are just a few:

4 Years of Partnership

Erik Sheckler

Erik completed his housekeeping training at the Crowne Plaza in March 2016. He even took the Crowne Plaza training manual home to study it. Erik then was hired at Hot Chicken Takeover and began attending Columbus State where he maintains a 4.0 grade point average. Erik was featured in a YouTube video with HCT and Pur*Suit in Sept 2016.



4 Years of PartnershipBrittani Hill

Brittani received excellent front desk training at Hyatt Place under the training of General Manager Colin Doty. She started working at the front desk at a hotel in Easton in December. Her story was featured in December on NBC4 with Monica Day.




4 Years of PartnershipRobin Jones

Robin was in the very first cohort of the Next Step Program over 3 years ago. She thoroughly enjoyed her 11 weeks at the Crowne Plaza. It’s that positivity that helped her gain confidence and skills that have enabled her to keep her current job as custodian at the Goodwill Corporate office for 3 years. Throughout the program, Robin overcame many challenges. She has been featured in multiple success stories at Goodwill and nominated for the prestigious Extraordinary People Luncheon at Goodwill. Success Stories



One participant soaked up all the knowledge she could gain from Engineering at the Crowne Plaza. She came with extensive plumbing knowledge but enjoyed learning all aspects of engineering in a hotel setting. She is doing an excellent job working in a plumbing apprenticeship job in Columbus and also happens to be their first female worker.

Another participant just completed his houseman training at the Crowne Plaza Hotel last month. He is working as houseman at a hotel in Easton where the manager said, “I’ve never had an employee come up to me and ask for more work.” He has quickly become the go-to person who thoroughly deep cleans rooms.


4 Years of Partnership Numbers of Trainees:

Next Step Program 2014—2016

  • Housekeeping—35

Alvis Program Jan. 2016—present

  • Housekeeping—11
  • Engineering—7
  • Front Desk—3