What is Hugs Training Academy?

With over 6 years of employment and job carving success, we have taken our vocational training beyond those we currently employ. We have expanded Hugs Café, Inc. to now include Hugs Training Academy; an educational training center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who seek to be employed in the food service and hospitality industries.

About Our Classes

Hugs Training Academy serves ages 14 and above.

Classes are held at Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney until we raise the funds to build our permanent training facility.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

5871 Virginia Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75071

The cost to attend the Hugs Cafe Inc. Training Academy is $3,000 per semester.

The Curriculum

The Hugs Training Academy curriculum is focused on providing entry level skills to students so they are ready to enter the workforce in the culinary or hospitably fields. Subject covered at Hugs Training Academy include:

Personal Responsibility




Customer Service

Industry and Work Specific Skills

Food Prep

Knife Skills




Our Instructors

With over a 120 years of special education and culinary teaching experience, our team of teachers have created one of the most unique and innovative programs to bring entry levels jobs to a wider audience.  Our goal is to offer an adaptive workplace learning experience to meet the needs of the many abilities in our community. 

Days and Times

Class is taught two days a week. Class begins at 10am and end at 3pm each day.

10:00am-12:30pm Morning Session

12:30pm-1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00pm-3:00pm Afternoon Session

Semester Schedule

Semester #1  January 3rd- March 29th

Semester #2  April 10th – June 28th

Semester #3  July 10th – September 27th

Semester #4  October 2nd – December 20th

How To Become A Student

Step 1 Fill out Hugs Training Academy Application below

Step 2 Be contacted by a member of the Hugs team to schedule an in-person assessment and student interview

Step 3 Complete in-person assessment and student interview. Provide necessary supporting documents as communicated by the Hugs Team. Discuss payment options. (The first payment must be made before the first day of attending the program.)

Step 4 Receive notice of program acceptance or recommendations and referrals

Step 5  Student beings Hugs Training Academy on scheduled semester start date

Training Academy Student Application

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