Ready for American Hospitality
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 RAH graduates: $12.84
- The percent of RAH graduates employed within 30 days of graduation: 87%
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. He now is a community liaison for Aurora Public Schools.
Ibrahim, Melke, and Eliphaz Kenge
The Kenge brothers participated in RAH in early 2017. They each found positions with Skyport at Denver International Airport. Since being hired they have each received multiple wage increases and job upgrades. Ibrahim is now a kitchen supervisor at Aviator Restaurant.
Mu Peh Tun:
Immediately after graduating from RAH in spring of 2015, Mu Peh Tun gained employment as a cook at National Jewish Hospital. She continues to work at National Jewish and regularly participates in efforts to raise refugee awareness.
Amiel came to ACC from Nairobi. After graduating from RAH, he gained employment in the hospitality industry. In 2017, he was recognized by Stonebridge Companies with the Quarterly Distinguished Hospitality Award for embodying the pillars of the company's mission. Amiel now volunteers at ACC and speaks at RAH events.