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.

The cost to attend the Hugs Cafe Inc. Training Academy is $2,750 per course plan, per semester. 

Our curriculum is divided into two course plans: Front of the House (FOH) and Back of the House (BOH).  The FOH curriculum will focus on the hosting, bussing, and service elements of the culinary and hospitality industries. The BOH curriculum will focus on kitchen equipment and food prep. Both curriculums will give an overview of how to work in the culinary and hospitality fields, as well as a review and completion of the Food Handler Certification.

About Our Classes

Days and Times

Front of the House will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays. Back of the House will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class will begin and 10am and end at 3pm each day.

10:00am-12:00pm Morning Session

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break

1:00pm-3:00pm Afternoon Session

Semester Schedule 

Semester 1: March 14th – May 27th (12 weeks)

Semester 2: June 6th – August 13th (10 weeks with added Friday classes)

Semester 3: August 22nd – November 10th (12 weeks) 

*September 5th class moved to September 9th in observance of Labor Day. October 10th class moved to October 14th in observance of Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day

Our Instructors

Hugs Cafe Inc. is thrilled to announce Betsy Leal as the lead teacher for our Training Academy. Her 15+ years of adaptive learning experience will help us to create an inclusive curriculum to meet the many abilities in our community.

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.  

Step 4 If accepted, set date for financial meeting to discuss payment options

Step 5 Complete payment option meeting

Step 6 Student beings Hugs Training Academy on scheduled semester start date

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