Marriott's Welfare-to-Work Program, Pathways to Independence, Reaches Milestone With the 3,000th Graduate

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Marriott International, Inc.

    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International announced that
 it reached a milestone today with the graduation of the 3,000th participant of
 the company's nationally recognized welfare-to-work program, Pathways to
 Independence.
     The milestone was achieved with graduation ceremonies today at the Key
 Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va., and the Cleveland Marriott Downtown
 at Key Center.
     Pathways to Independence started as a pilot program in 1990 at the Atlanta
 Marriott Marquis Hotel.  Since its inception, Pathways has expanded to more
 than 40 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
     "This is a great day for all of our associates that have participated in
 the company's Pathways to Independence program," said, J.W. Marriott, Jr.,
 chairman and chief executive officer.  "We are pleased that Pathways has made
 a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals who have faced barriers to
 employment."
     Pathways to Independence is a six-week, pre-employment, life and
 occupational skills training program designed to help individuals on public
 assistance transition to a productive career in the hospitality industry.
     Administered by Marriott's Community Employment and Training Programs
 Department, Pathways includes 60 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours
 of occupational skills training.
     During the training program, participants learn the importance of job
 acquisition skills, safety training, communication, personal life skills and
 job retention.  Participants who successfully complete the program receive
 full-time job offers with benefits.  Retention rates for Pathways graduates
 since the program's inception are among the highest in the hospitality
 industry: 80 percent graduation rate, 70 percent retention after 90 days and
 nearly 50 percent retention after one year.
     Pathways has received numerous awards and recognition, and has been used
 as a model by other companies to establish similar programs.
 
     MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:   MAR) is a leading worldwide
 hospitality company with over 2,300 operating units in the United States and
 59 other countries and territories.  Marriott Lodging operates and franchises
 hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard,
 TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Ramada International
 brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the
 Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Horizons brands; operates Marriott Executive
 Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its ExecuStay by
 Marriott division; and operates conference centers.  Other Marriott businesses
 include senior living communities and services, wholesale food distribution
 and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.  The company is headquartered in
 Washington, D.C., and has approximately 154,000 employees.  In fiscal year
 2000, Marriott International reported systemwide sales of $19.8 billion.  For
 more information or reservations, please visit the web site at
 http://www.marriott.com .
 
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SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.
    WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International announced that
 it reached a milestone today with the graduation of the 3,000th participant of
 the company's nationally recognized welfare-to-work program, Pathways to
 Independence.
     The milestone was achieved with graduation ceremonies today at the Key
 Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va., and the Cleveland Marriott Downtown
 at Key Center.
     Pathways to Independence started as a pilot program in 1990 at the Atlanta
 Marriott Marquis Hotel.  Since its inception, Pathways has expanded to more
 than 40 locations in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
     "This is a great day for all of our associates that have participated in
 the company's Pathways to Independence program," said, J.W. Marriott, Jr.,
 chairman and chief executive officer.  "We are pleased that Pathways has made
 a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals who have faced barriers to
 employment."
     Pathways to Independence is a six-week, pre-employment, life and
 occupational skills training program designed to help individuals on public
 assistance transition to a productive career in the hospitality industry.
     Administered by Marriott's Community Employment and Training Programs
 Department, Pathways includes 60 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours
 of occupational skills training.
     During the training program, participants learn the importance of job
 acquisition skills, safety training, communication, personal life skills and
 job retention.  Participants who successfully complete the program receive
 full-time job offers with benefits.  Retention rates for Pathways graduates
 since the program's inception are among the highest in the hospitality
 industry: 80 percent graduation rate, 70 percent retention after 90 days and
 nearly 50 percent retention after one year.
     Pathways has received numerous awards and recognition, and has been used
 as a model by other companies to establish similar programs.
 
     MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:   MAR) is a leading worldwide
 hospitality company with over 2,300 operating units in the United States and
 59 other countries and territories.  Marriott Lodging operates and franchises
 hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard,
 TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Ramada International
 brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the
 Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Horizons brands; operates Marriott Executive
 Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its ExecuStay by
 Marriott division; and operates conference centers.  Other Marriott businesses
 include senior living communities and services, wholesale food distribution
 and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.  The company is headquartered in
 Washington, D.C., and has approximately 154,000 employees.  In fiscal year
 2000, Marriott International reported systemwide sales of $19.8 billion.  For
 more information or reservations, please visit the web site at
 http://www.marriott.com .
 
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