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In an effort to raise the standards for restaurant owners and workers, the COLORS Hospitality Opportunities for Workers (CHOW) Institute provides in-depth and advanced professional training in both front- and back-of-the-house restaurant skills at no cost to either employers or employees.

Operated with guidance and support from RAISE employers, CHOW offers workers a multi-tiered curriculum, certificates, and support services to help participants advance to living-wage jobs in the industry, particularly fine dining wait staff, bartender, and management positions. Participants have the opportunity to practice and refine their customer service skills in a supportive, instructional, real-life restaurant setting both prior to and during employment at restaurants throughout the country.

ROC’s commitment is demonstrated by its success in training and placing restaurant workers. ROC trains over 1,000 employees nationwide each year, with a living wage job placement rate of 60-75%, depending on the location. Additionally, in a growing number of cities, ROC is partnering with local community colleges so that CHOW graduates can receive college credit for their job skills training.

For more information on a CHOW program near you, contact a local ROC affiliate office in your area!