​​​​​​Hugs Training Academy provides adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities entry-level skills and training to prepare them to enter the workforce in the culinary and hospitality industries.

The term “Hugs” represents Hugs Café Inc. beliefs: Hope. Understanding. Grace. Success.  

This non-profit social enterprise located in McKinney, TX has partnered with Dallas College to provide meaningful training to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities preparing them for the opportunity to obtain competitively paid employment. Hugs Cafe Inc is a non-profit social enterprise in McKinney, Texas dedicated to providing meaningful training and competitively paid employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is our passion to offer a place of hope, understanding, grace, and success to each individual so they may be recognized for their abilities and talents in the community.

Hugs Training Academy at a Glance


How Long Will I Train?

Curriculum: 12 weeks

Classes meet in person twice a week from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Dallas College Culinary, Pastry, and Hospitality Center


How Much Will I Spend?

Amount: $3,200 per semester

Need money for training? Tuition can be funded by scholarships, business-sponsorships, or the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Please mention this need during your interview.

Courses Required:

  • BUSG 1012 - 40 Hours: Professionalism in the Workplace*
  • IFWA 1050 - 40 Hours: Food S​afety Handling and Certification**
  • IFWA 1070 - 40 Hours: Introduction to Food Preparation and Service 

* Restaurant Ready Certification provided in this course
** Food Handler Certification provided in this course

Important: Check the CE schedule to verify if and when the class is currently being offered.

Fill out the Hugs Training Academy Application below to schedule your in-person assessment and student interview to begin the process.

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