Crowne Plaza White Plains Hosts Westchester Community College Students as Part of IHG®

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Crowne Plaza White Plains Hosts 18 Students from Westchester Community College as part of IHG® Academy

Crowne Plaza White Plains was pleased to recently host students from Westchester Community College as part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Academy program. Established in 2006 in China, IHG Academy works with educational and community organizations to offer skill development and employment opportunities to those seeking a career in the hospitality industry.

“We are thrilled to partner with Westchester Community College to provide real-world experience for local students, which in turn creates more sustainable communities,” said Monika Henry, general manager, Crowne Plaza White Plains.

As part of the Academy, Crowne Plaza recently hosted 18 college students from Westchester Community College’s Hospitality program to familiarize them with hotel operations and tour the facility. Besides a formal presentation, the students met with various departments, including banquet and catering, guest relations and event planning.

Crowne Plaza White Plains’ commitment to the program has afforded jobs to many college graduates, including Owen Barton. Owen graduated IHG Academy in April and secured a full-time position. For Owen, his internship experience at Crowne Plaza was the start of a long and successful career in hospitality – and IHG.

The Crowne Plaza is located at 66 Hale Avenue in White Plains, N.Y., and can be reached at 914-682-0050 or by visiting

About IHG Academy
IHG® Academy is our world-class training program, offered to motivated and engaged individuals from any background, wanting to get a head start in their hospitality career. Our program powered by IHG® Academy, range from work-experience placement to, internship opportunities and apprenticeships, all depending on the level of experience you’re looking to gain. By the end of 2020, IHG is committed to providing 30,000 40,000 talented individuals worldwide with proper job skill training, development and support they need to have a successful career in the field.

About Crowne Plaza White Plains
Located in downtown White Plains, N.Y., the Crowne Plaza White Plains is a prime destination for social events and corporate events/conferences. The hotel boasts 17,000 square feet of flexible function space, an award-winning culinary team, expert event planners and 402 guest rooms. It recently completed a renovation of the main public spaces (lobby, restaurant/lounge area, new collaborative meeting spaces including “The Studio”) and is a popular meeting place for small to large groups.

About IHG®
IHG ® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Inter-Continental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN Hotels®, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, voco™ Hotels, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Holiday Inn Club Vacations®, Holiday Inn Resort®, avid™ hotels, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,600 hotels and nearly 843,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with over 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty program, which has more than 100 million enrolled members. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 400,000 people work across IHG's hotels and corporate offices globally. Visit for hotel information and reservations and for more on IHG Rewards Club.

About Westchester Community College
Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college. There are approximately 13,000 full- and part-time college credit students. Continuing education students bring the total number served by the college each semester to more than 24,000.

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