Culinary Education Programs

Helms College 
​Interested in a culinary career? Helms College is a private, independent postsecondary career school sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia, Inc. and licensed by the Georgia Non-Public Post-Secondary Education Commission. Earn your diploma or Associate Degree while discovering your strengths and building your skill set through extensive integrative and experiential learning opportunities. The Helms College curriculum includes hands-on training at Edgar’s Hospitality Group restaurants, conference centers and private club. For more information, visit
Georgia Hospitality Apprenticeship Program (G-HAP)
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has partnered with the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the U.S. Department of Labor to establish national standards for a registered hospitality apprenticeship program. Georgia is one of 25 states able to adopt the national standards to launch the apprenticeship in our state. 

High School graduates and GED recipients now have the option of a debt free career path in the hospitality industry earning an average of $50,000 per year. The Georgia Hospitality Apprenticeship Program (G-HAP) is a registered apprenticeship serving the food service and hospitality industries. G-HAP offers the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized management credential and get paid to do it.
The Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) is your gateway to this competency-based apprenticeship program in Georgia. Apprentices will receive incremental wage increases for on the job and independent learning. The competencies required align with the ProStart curriculum. ProStart graduates receive preferential placement, and credit for their ProStart education. 
By bringing together the industry and the classroom, the ProStart culinary program gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. With national and local support from industry members, educators, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant association partners, ProStart reaches nearly 140,000 students in more than 1,800 high schools across 50 states, the Territory of Guam and at Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and the Pacific.
Kennesaw State University Culinary Program
Kennesaw State University (KSU) offers a culinary program to students interested in the culinary arts. KSU’s unique program is based on 4 hours of classroom per week, coupled with 15 hours in that same week working in an established restaurant or catering facility. Each student completes (4) 7-week apprenticeships to successfully complete the course. Classroom study is immediately put to practice so that the knowledge and skill base stays with the student throughout the program.
United Youth of America
United Youth of America is a non-profit organization servicing the needs of underprivileged young adults, ages 18 to 24. This organization works with several counties throughout Georgia to place students in paid apprenticeship programs. The county agrees to cover a certain amount of the wages and labor taxes during a 6 month period.
Westside Works Culinary Academy
nly residents of zip codes 30314 and 30318 are eligible.
Westside Works Culinary Academy is a partnership between Westside Works, Levy Restaurants and the Arthur Blank Foundation. This 8-week culinary academy introduces students to kitchen safety protocols, international cuisines, baking and pastry, restaurant simulations, and an opportunity to receive ServeSafe Certification. Graduates will have a path to employment through Levy Restaurants venues, as well as dining establishments throughout metro Atlanta.