LOS ANGELES, California – The Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) was proud to announce and the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Culinary Training Facility. To celebrate, HTA hosted Ribbon Cutting and Community Buffet event on May 7, 2019. The HTA is proud to expand the reach of its programs through this new, fully equipped kitchen facility that will allow it to provide the most up-to-date, industry-recognized training to a broader and more diverse population due to its centralized location at the heart of Koreatown.
The celebration also marked the culmination of the HTA’s first Culinary Apprenticeship cohort at this Koreatown facility. The HTA Culinary Apprenticeship is an intensive 7-week training program registered with both the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and State of California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS). After completing the training, participants will move on to work as apprentices and workers, as Line Cooks, at one of HTA’s 160 union employer-partners including luxury hotels and concessions at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The students prepared a buffet for the celebration to break bread with its 145 elected officials, guests and community partners.
Julie Su, Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, cut the ribbon along with other elected officials, including City of Santa Monica Councilmembers Terry O’Day and Greg Morena and Los Angeles Community College District Board Members Mike Fong and Scott Svonkin. UNITE HERE Local 11 Co-President Kurt Petersen; City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board (WDB) Executive Director, Gregory Irish; Los Angeles County Workforce Development Aging & Community Services (WDACS) Acting Director, Otto Solorzano; HTA Chair Tom Walsh-Garcia and Executive Director Adine Forman ; and Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE) Executive Director Hyepin Im, were also present to show their support of HTA. These strong partnerships play an integral role in making the HTA’s programs successful.
About the Hospitality Training Academy
The Hospitality Training Academy provides job training and placement services to who are underserved and underrepresented in the hospitality industry, in partnership with UNITE HERE Local 11 and its 160 union employer-partners in order to support them through a path to gainful employment. The HTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, a Taft-Hartley labor-management partnership, and the recipient of private foundation, and Federal, State, and local grants that allow it to do this work to serve Angelenos with barriers to employment and connect them to good, union jobs.
Friday, February 15
10am – 2pm
Hospitality Training Academy
130 S. Alvarado St., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90057
*Bring 2 forms of ID. Must be at least 18 years of age.
From California Department of Industrial Relations Apprenticeship e-Newsletter:
“This year during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), the City of Los Angeles presented a special commendation to the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) recognizing their efforts to improve the lives of job seekers through non-traditional apprenticeships.”
LA CityView Channel 35 debuted “Preparing for a Career in Hospitality,” on March 7, 2018, a 6-minute video sponsored by EWDD highlighting how aspiring chefs can receive culinary training through the City of Los Angeles Economic and Workforce Department and the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy (LAHTA).
The video includes testimonials from a successful LAHTA graduate who now works in the kitchen at the Sheraton Gateway LAX, along with interviews from executive chefs at area hotels and the Staples Center outlining opportunities in LA’s growing hospitality industry.
“Culinary arts is particularly exciting because it has no boundaries on age. Young or old, you are able to work in culinary arts,” said EWDD General Manager Jan Perry, who was also featured in the video. (more…)