A Continuous Learning Ecosystem

As you advance at work, you will advance in your learning at the same time. This interplay of work & learning makes for a truly new educational experience.

In HospitalityTogether, our students, whom we call Learners, continuously advance their learning and career. Every workforce program and traditional college is one-directional: it inputs you into a set of classes and then outputs you into the workforce, marking the end of that relationship. HospitalityTogether is different. We prepare you to become a lifelong learner and support you within an ecosystem where you will be able to advance your education and career through a cycle of learning and mentorship.

We do this by leveraging the hospitality industry, where there is hope along with opportunity. Job openings in hospitality, the second fastest growing industry in Philadelphia, have grown more than 13% from 2006 to 2016, with expected continued growth through 2024.


When joining HT, you enter an educational ecosystem where work and learning are celebrated at the same time. The HT experience commences with the first two-year phase of our program, Fundamentals, where you:

  • Earn an HT Level 1 Fundamental Skills Certificate
  • Advance to a position that earns at least $25,000 annually
  • Begin growing your network within HT and in the greater industry

First, you are placed at top restaurants with reputations for strong training & professional development, fair wage structures, and experienced management & leadership. Our Placement Partners are carefully vetted to ensure that you have a clear plan for career advancement and that leadership at each restaurant is committed to the HT model and your life.

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While working, you earn HospitalityTogether-branded learning credentials. To redefine curriculum delivery, we have formed a groundbreaking alliance with MIT-based edX, the world’s largest digital university, which features over 1,900 courses from 100 institutions. edX’s virtual courses (which cost, on average, $50 each) are accessible and affordable to millions. edX provides the digital platform while HT acts as the support system and personalized educational experience.

We have put together a Credentialing Committee of Philadelphia’s top restauranteurs and industry leaders, who represent a diverse range of industry career paths. Each member commits their establishment to brand and endorse HT credentials, as well as to hire and mentor our Learners.

During the first phase of learning, Fundamentals, we begin with a “Level 1” Fundamental Skills Certificate, the gateway credential for all Learners. This certificate starts with the basics and prepares you to not only start a career in hospitality but to also lay the groundwork for lifelong learning with the edX platform and beyond. At the end of Fundamentals, you will have gained three forms of invaluable capital: that of a network full of caring people who are helping you succeed, that of income paired with the dignity of a supportive job, and that of the academic and career skills through a foundational credential to advance further in life. After completing Fundamentals, you will continue learning, growing, and advancing in our educational and workforce ecosystem through advanced certificates created by our Credentialing Committee. 

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