DESIGNED BY THE INDUSTRY FOR THE INDUSTRY.

A not-for-profit school dedicated to providing hospitality training and career paths to the unemployed and underemployed.

AHWA was formed by Frank and Jeanne Cretella the founders of Landmark Hospitality and is their way of giving back to the industry that has given them so much. The foundation, AHWA, is a not-for-profit school dedicated to providing hospitality training and career paths to the unemployed and underemployed. Unlike other certificate schools AHWA offers:

  • BY THE INDUSTRY FOR THE INDUSTRY.

    A program designed by industry professionals for the industry

  • REAL WORLD SKILLS AND APPLICATION

    Allows students to gain the requisite skills for positions in hospitality.

  • FULL-CURRICULUM

    Curriculum will include job readiness, financial literacy and service excellence

During the eight weeks in classroom training, the curriculum will deliver life skills, financial literacy, and industry-focused training while students achieve portable and stackable industry-recognized credentials. Students will also gain an understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, sustainability and the history of food. The training will culminate with a four week on the job internship where students will be immersed in the hospitality culture to further develop their skills and knowledge. Participants will ascertain the requisite skills to not only secure a position but to thrive and grow within the industry.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the foundation is to raise monies from various sources to further improve the quality of life, propel career advancement and financially assist hospitality workers and their families of Hudson and Union Counties. We will achieve this by providing expanded career paths and growth within the hospitality industry through education and training designed by the industry for the industry.

OUR COMMITMENT

We believe that the hospitality industry is one that provides endless opportunities for all. It is an industry that has no bias and an individual’s achievements are limitless as long as they process a willingness to learn and a passion for hospitality.

OUR COMMITMENT IS DEFINED BY

  • EMPOWERMENT.

    Assist with advancing and empowering hospitality workers careers through life coaching skills.

  • REAL WORLD APPLICATION.

    Offer on the job training, internships and employment through Landmark’s restaurants, event spaces and hotels

  • EMPLOYMENT PATHWAY.

    Provide a pathway to employment through Landmark and our partnership with the New Jersey Restaurant Association

  • COLLEGE PARTNERSHIPS.

    Our partnership with Hudson County Community College and FDU will allow students to carry credits towards matriculation.

  • BE YOUR GREATEST SELF.

    Allow all individuals to develop and grow to their maximum potential.

THE PROGRAM

Our eight-week program allows students to gain the requisite skills for positions in hospitality with a focus towards entry-level front of the house and back of the house careers. Classroom curriculum will deliver:

INDUSTRY TRAINING

Life Skills, Financial Literacy, and Industry Focused Skill Training.

COLLEGE CREDITS

Achieve portable and stackable industry-recognized credentials and receive a certificate of completion. Credits are recognized by Farleigh Dickinson University & Hudson County Community College.

FOOD & UNDERSTANDING

Students will gain an understanding of nutrition, develop healthier eating habits, food sustainability and a history of food and modern cuisine.

INTERNSHIP IN THE INDUSTRY

Training will culminate with a four-week on the job internship, where students will be immersed into the hospitality culture head-on.

JOB PLACEMENT

Our program which was designed and is administered by industry professionals will allow students to possess a skill set which is will be highly sort after. Once students complete our program employment opportunities will be available through Landmark’s talent and culture team as well as through our

partnership with NJRA who represents restaurants throughout the State and are always seeking qualified individuals. Our partnership with NJRA will allow for members to have direct access to students as well as incorporating the Association’s Pro Start Program for graduating high school students who plan to go directly into the workforce.

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BOARD MEMBERS

Frank Cretella

Jeanne Cretella

Amy Degiese

Bill O'Dea

NJ Senator | Sandra Cunninham

Kenneth Trickilo

CHEF

Anthony Bucco

Chef

Eric Weiss

Maureen Hulings

Thomas McAteer