Ready for American Hospitality (RAH) is a collaborative training program between the University of Denver (DU) and ACC. Refugee students are paired with students from DU’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality management (Knoebel) Human Capital Management course. The DU students and refugee students establish a mentor/protégé relationship as they meet twice per week. The RAH protégés gain knowledge, skills, and experience working in the food service industry while gaining a better understanding of work culture and expectations in the U.S. This ultimately leads to employment opportunities and additional nurturing throughout the integration process. 

  • The average hourly wage for the last graduating RAH class: $10.22
  • 90-day Job Retention rates for the last graduating RAH class: 100%

RAH Graduate stories:

Originally from Eritrea, Menghis relocated to Kenya where he worked with the European Union as an accountant for over 9 years. He came to the United States knowing five languages and having earned a degree in accounting. As a single father supporting three children, Menghis was eager to find work, and found a job with Volunteers of America in the “Meals on Wheels” program as a cook. 


Jayanthy completed the RAH program in May of 2012. Now a single mother, Jayanthy has gone through many transitions since graduation.  She has been working at Subway for over a year now and has been promoted to train new employees. She contacts the RAH coordinator regularly, referring potential refugee students to the RAH program. 


Senan is originally from Iraq, where he gained experience as a personal chef. After graduating from RAH , Senan found employment at Chipotle. He has now been working there for over a year, and has been recruited by other Chipotle locations to fill kitchen roles as needed. Senan is now training new hires and is on track to become a manager.