November 2018

Boca Helping Hands (BHH) relaunched its Hospitality Job Training Program in September 2018 in conjunction with SouthTech Academy.

This Job Training Program prepares students for careers in South Florida’s vibrant hospitality industry. The curriculum of the redesigned program focuses on fundamental cooking and kitchen skills, dining room preparedness (server, busser, hostess, and front of the house training), as well as industry-specific certifications (SafeStaff and TIPS certification).

Through the combination of Phase 1 (Job Readiness), Phase 2 (technical training), and Phase 3 (Job Mentoring), BHH has developed a rigorous, engaging, and successful Job Training Program in an in-demand field designed to get students trained, certified and employed.

Through Phase 1, students are equipped with key soft skills including time management, business ethics, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships. In Phase 3, final component of the program, students will work one-on-one with experienced Job Mentors to help them prepare for and navigate the job search process so that they are ready to find sustainable employment upon completion of the program.

A needs assessment was created in collaboration with the Social Impact Lab at Lynn University.  The purpose of the assessment was to hear directly from leaders in the local hospitality industry as to what would make for a successful Phase 2 of the Hospitality Job Training Program. The survey results, the expertise of our partners at SouthTech Academy, and existing literature were combined to bring to students a dynamic curriculum opportunely designed to prepare students for the present workforce in hospitality. Graduates of the program earn their industry certifications as well as a certificate of completion from SouthTech Academy.

Registration is open for the January 2019 class beginning on January 14th.  Phase 1 and Phase 3 takes place at the BHH main facility in Boca Raton. Phase 1 runs from January 14th to January 18th from 9 am to 4 pm. This is followed by Phase 2 at SouthTech Academy in Boynton Beach. Classes during Phase 2 run in the evenings from 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm Mondays and Wednesday beginning January 23rd and ending in April. Phase 3 is available to students upon completion of Phase 1 training, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm (on most days).

To be considered for our Job Training Programs students must:

  • Be Florida residents who are at least 18 years old
  • Have a driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Have at least a GED or High School Diploma
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to work in the United States.

Interested individuals should contact our Job Training Program Coordinator, Jose Irizarry at 561-417-0913 or

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