Changing Lives with Good Jobs in the Hospitality Industry


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At the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA), we train low-income and underserved populations to obtain employment in the hospitality and food service industry and to move up the career ladder to the middle class.


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Our Programs

We offer a variety of training programs that offer workers the tools to succeed by providing skills and customer service training, Vocational ESL classes, skills upgrades, vocational classes and “bridge training” to move participants into entry-level jobs, and then a career.

Hospitality / LAX Worker

Learn the basics of customer service and safe food handling for entry-level positions at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) including: server, host, cashier, fast food attendant, utility worker and busser. This is a great starting point for those interested in hospitality careers!

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This course teaches the foundation and history of coffee making and barista techniques on our state-of-the-art barista machines. Participants will be ready for jobs at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and hotel properties across Los Angeles.

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Culinary Apprenticeship

Become a certified Line Cook through our 7-week apprenticeship program, which offers quality classroom instruction from industry professionals, along with practical, hands on experience for culinary positions in a variety of kitchens at hotels, restaurants, and airport concessions.

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Room Attendant Apprenticeship

Become a certified Room Attendant through our 7-week apprenticeship program that prepares participants for housekeeping positions in upscale hotels throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.

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Vocational ESL

Learn American workplace culture, conversational ESL and technical skills for entry-level position at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as well as hotels. Students will receive assistance with resume writing and interview skills to help build their confidence to get a job.

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Learn through a combination of instruction and practical, hands-on work. We will teach you how to properly prepare a variety of drinks while demonstrating excellent customer service and knowledge of safety and sanitation procedures.

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Meet Kayla Wilson, Culinary Apprenticeship Success Story!

Contributing Employer Partners


Funding Partners

U.S. Department of Labor
State of California – Employment Training Panel
State of California – Workforce Development Board
County of Los Angeles
City of Santa Monica
L.A. Care Health Plan Community Benefit Programs

Upcoming Info Sessions

Gain new skills in hospitality. Learn from experienced instructors. Build your career! Come learn about exciting training opportunities at no cost to you!

LAX/Hospitality Worker and Barista Training

Barista, Server/Busser, Customer Service, ServSafe Food Handler Certificate, TiPs Safe Alcohol Service

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Info Session Dates:
Wednesday, October 23rd at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27th at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 04th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11th at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18th at 1:30 p.m.


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