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Hospitality, tourism, culinary arts

Are you interested in serving, creating and facilitating experiences for people? Athens has a vibrant hospitality, tourism, and culinary arts community, and people from all over visit us to enjoy it.

Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts


Job Title Hourly Yearly
Food Service Manager   $32.26 $67,100

Operations / Lodging Managers

$24.42 $50,800

First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers 

(includes Rooms Managers)

$17.64 $36,700

Food Preparation & Serving First-Line Supervisor    

(includes Food Service Supervisor /Kitchen Supervisors)

$17.74 $36,900



Career Pathway Type
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  • Youth (2)
  • Short-Term Training (3)
  • Long-Term Training (4)

Classic Center

Bread for Life

Targeted to: Currently unemployed, 18+ years old, and residents of Clarke County. Applicants seeking a second chance, including those with a criminal history, addiction history, survivors of domestic violence, and those receiving SNAP benefits are encouraged to apply.
Skills offered: Hospitality job training with paid hands-on work training and instruction from industry professionals and volunteers, offering the opportunity to develop a network of hospitality professionals which creates valuable job leads to prepare you for a sustainable career in the hospitality job market.

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University of Georgia

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences: Hospitality and Food Industry Management

Targeted to: Ages 18+
Skills offered: Courses in hotel operations, food and beverage management, and meeting and event planning as well as traditional hospitality management subject areas such as economics, accounting, finance, administration, marketing, human resource management, and strategy. Experiential learning through practicums and internships with the UGA Center for Continuing Education and Hotel, UGA’s Golf Course, UGA Dining Services, and Georgia Athletic Hospitality.

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Athens Technical College

Culinary Arts

Targeted to: Ages 18+
Skills offered: Classroom and hands-on technical skills training in culinary arts, focusing on food preparation, sanitation, nutrition, marketing, catering, management fundamentals, and work ethics.

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Athens Community Career Academy

Culinary Arts Pathway

Targeted to: Clarke County School District student, grades 10-12.
Skills offered: Fundamental culinary techniques and skills, real world experiences, developing menus and preparing food from Farm to Table, as well as hands-on production of classic fundamentals in a commercial kitchen.

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Classic Center

Hospitality Careers Academy

Targeted to: High school and college students
Skills offered: Learn from guest speakers in the industry, including speakers from Chick-fil-A; participate in job shadowing and industry tours; and take part in team-building and leadership activities. Complete a capstone project that integrates the skills and information your group has gained throughout the week, by executing a real event for 200+ guests.

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Hospitality Opportunities Training

Targeted to: Ages 18+
Skills offered: Classroom and on-the-job hospitality training from the American Hotel and Lodging Education Institute to prepare you for positions including front desk, concierge, reservations, housekeeping, bell services, and restaurant service.

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Piedmont University

Hospitality Tourism Management

Targeted to: Ages 18+
Skills offered: Thoughtful classroom learning with the real-world experience that will help you grow and thrive, including partnerships to work with and learn from The Classic Center Authority, The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, and many local restaurants and hotels; learn sound business and management practices in a fast-paced, customer-oriented atmosphere; leadership skills for restaurant and hotel management, wedding and event planning, and more; develop important contacts in the hospitality and tourism industry that will pave the way for career opportunities.

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Athens Technical College

Hotel Restaurant & Tourism Management

Targeted to: Ages 18+
Skills offered: Real-world experience and academic knowledge and skills to launch or advance your career in hospitality, including technical and interpersonal skills, work ethics, professionalism, and internship experience.

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