Every ordinary vocational program and college is one-directional: it inputs you into a set of classes and then outputs you into the workforce. HospitalityTogether is different. We help you advance your education and career in a seamless and continuous cycle of learning and mentorship.

Traditional structures are built for the privileged, not for everyday Philadelphians. HospitalityTogether breaks free from these structures to meet you where you are. With the support of a family of mentors, you will advance every single day in work, learning, and life—in a support system that is designed specifically for you.

We will equip you with a foundation of income to live free from poverty, the skills to become a lifelong learner, and a caring network to help you succeed. We will help our city's youth accomplish what worn college structures have failed to do for years. This is HospitalityTogether: Where everybody has worth. Where everyone belongs.

Watch CEO Oscar Wang speak about the thinking behind HospitalityTogether. (Video courtesy of Cooks Who Care)

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Financial income through employment & advancement

We'll place you at one of Philadelphia’s top restaurants & eateries that have reputations for strong training and professional development, fair wage structures, and experienced management. We ensure that you have a clear pathway to advancement and help you set clear targets for your career trajectory. You will work at a schedule that fits your life and join a carefully vetted program partner that is invested in your continued success.

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Academic & career skills to become a lifelong learner

As you gain income and experience through your placement, you'll also earn HT-branded Learning Certificates, which are created by our Credentialing Committee of top restauranteurs and influencers. You will take academic classes on the edX platform, which offers college classes from hundreds of institutions worldwide. HT offers multiple levels of foundational and advanced certificates that are accepted throughout the industry.

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To support you through your academic journey, you are assigned two Learning Advisors who act as personal tutors and support coaches. You'll check in with Advisors regularly and have daily access to the HT Study Lounge, our communal student hub. You will also be linked to a professional Hospitality Advisor, a mentor in the industry who will connect with you weekly and guide you through the complexities of work life.

Ready to learn more? Click on the links above to dive deeper into the HT experience.