Workforce Development / CHOW

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 them advance to living-wage jobs in the industry, particularly fine dining waitstaff, bartending, and management positions.

Workers have the opportunity to practice and refine their customer service skills in a supportive, instructional, real-life restaurant setting prior and during employment at restaurants throughout the country.

We are honored to have our CHOW classes featured in the Ford Foundation’s annual report, representing the next generation workforce. Watch the video below to hear how truly transformative these classes can be.

ROC’s commitment is demonstrated by its success in training and placing restaurant workers. ROC trains over 1,000 employees nationwide each year. The placement rate for providing living wage jobs is 60-75%, depending on the location.

In a growing number of cities, ROC is partnering with local community colleges so that CHOW graduates receive college credit for their job skills training.

For more information on a C.H.O.W. program near you contact a ROC in your area.