Upon completion of training, eligible students will be considered for immediate hire in good paying union jobs with benefits at the airport.
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Free meals program for homebound seniors and others impacted by COVID-19
Who: Hospitality Training Academy, Dozens of food service workers, UNITE HERE Local 11, Levy Restaurants at the Los Angeles Convention Center General Manager, Patrick Smart
What: TWO Million Meals Served by Hospitality Training Academy and UNITE HERE Local 11’s “Serving Our Community” free meals program to homebound seniors, homeless persons, and low-income families impacted by COVID-19.
When: Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 at 9:30AM – Meal pick up will begin at 10am
Visuals to be available: Footage of staff preparing and packaging meals
Where: Levy Restaurants at Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Press Entrance: Loading dock located on Pico in between LA Live Way and Figueroa Street
Visuals: Giant 2M Balloons
Los Angeles, CA: The “Serving Our Community” program will serve its TWO MILLIONTH meal this week to homebound seniors, homeless persons and low-income families impacted by COVID-19 through contactless delivery.
Providing the cooking, food prep, packaging, and distribution centers, the SOC program has also provided 1,109 jobs to recently laid-off union and non-union workers in the hospitality, food service and transportation industries.
This partnership between Hospitality Training Academy and UNITE HERE Local 11 launched on May 1st, 2020 and has since served over 9,296 persons with meals cooked in the industrial kitchens at Levy Restaurants at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Pomona College, JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, and The Beverly Hilton Hotel & Resorts.
The Hospitality Training Academy ensures that all meals meet City and County dietary requirements, and all workers receive COVID-19 training (safety and sanitation). SOC addresses three urgent needs facing stakeholders in cities across the country: employing laid-off, out-of-work, trained and experienced professionals; ensuring continuity of service at keystone employers that are a fiscal engine in our region; and providing meals to at-risk populations.
Serving Our Community is an initiative launched by the Hospitality Training Academy (HTA), UNITE HERE Local 11, the hospitality workers’ union, and many of its employers (partnered hotels and event venues). The HTA and UNITE HERE Local 11 partnership received a Master Service Contract with the State of California for Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San
The Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) provides a variety of workforce development, apprenticeship, ESL, and training programs to train low income, marginalized individuals for jobs in the hospitality and food service industry.
UNITE HERE Local 11 is a labor union representing over 32,500 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona who work in hotels, restaurants, universities, convention centers and airports.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at a press conference that the City of Los Angeles has contracted with the Serving Our Community initiative.
LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis speaking about Serving Our Community: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C6eXIrhJWkZdZqzoeLbHLwvFBuO9c_qe/view?usp=sharing
Link to video of Serving our Community: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14UMpfFzA_zUCGPsR7BQizbL-GJBtZb5F?usp=sharing
Link to photo of Serving our Community: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12NbxEJAlwOM-NDKJ_HNR4KjFwzJwANof?usp=sharing
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.
Los Angeles, CA – On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE), in partnership with Hospitality Training Academy (HTA), LA Metro, and the City of Los Angeles hosted a press conference to announce several employment and training opportunities as part of FACES’s API JOBS (Jobs Opportunities & Business Success) Initiative. (more…)
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…)
Updated: AUGUST 18, 2017 — 2:56 PM EDT
Damon Roundtree, 18, carefully removed charred skin from a roasted red pepper, slicing it into narrow strips.
That one simple act had ramifications well beyond embellishing a sandwich, which looked delicious: job readiness; opportunities for underemployed city minorities; union growth; union relevance; schools serving communities; employer savings on training; plus a crew of cooks, servers, bartenders, and dishwashers ready to work at a new Philadelphia International Airport restaurant.
Lots loaded onto that sandwich.
“To me, it’s a new start,” Roundtree said this week. As a teenager, he got into trouble. As a young father-to-be, he wants a career built on his passion for cooking. “It’s fun. It tastes good, and it keeps me occupied.”
On Tuesday, 75 graduates of the first class of the Unite Here Philadelphia Hospitality Academy will be honored at City Hall. Students range in age and capability from recent high school graduates such as Roundtree, a novice, to longtime chef and manager Anthony Cunningham, 53, who was laid off from his job at a Japanese restaurant in June.
“I’ve put in resumes, but I can’t afford to wait for a vacancy,” Cunningham said.