Local 23 & Community Members

Through training and education, the STEP Fund builds pathways into unionized jobs and up the career ladder, so that Job Seekers and Members can can support themselves and their families with dignity.

The STEP Fund’s training and education program offers a wide variety of courses for both union and non-union members. Class offerings are determined by the Board of Trustees and the STEP Director and are subject to change based on employee and employer needs.

Typical courses offered include:

  • Culinary Classes
  • General, specific techniques and skills, global cuisines
  • Introduction to Baking/Pastry
  • Barista- introduction to coffee service and espresso
  • ServSafe Food Handler
  • ServSafe Manager
    • or other classes that meet the requirements for obtaining a food license in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia area
  • AllerTrain
  • TIPS
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Preparation for Citizenship Exam
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Team Building
  • Digital Literacy: Introduction to Computers, Microsoft for Beginners, Ipads/tablets
  • Health and Safety Classes – general or specific trainings, including those on CPR, First Aid, and
  • Covid-19
  • And many more.

Upcoming Classes

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Sep 30
Nov 18
Professional Advancement & Life Skills

ESOL (English for Beginners)

For Community Members For Local 23 Members
Time 10:00am12:00pm
Location Type In Person
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Oct 5
Nov 16
Professional Advancement & Life Skills

Basic Computer: Drop In Assistance

Come to use a computer, get some help with email, word programs, searching the web, and learn some basics.

For Local 23 Members
Time 6:00pm8:00pm
Location Type In Person
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Oct 7
Oct 14

Catering: Dessert Bar

For Community Members For Local 23 Members
Time 10:00am2:00pm
Location Type In Person
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Oct 17
Nov 16
Professional Advancement & Life Skills

Leadership and Professional Development Level 1

For Local 23 Members
Time 6:30pm8:30pm
Location Type Virtual
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Oct 21
Oct 28
Culinary Upskilling

Stocks, Soups, Stews: Go Global!

For Local 23 Members
Time 10:00am1:00pm
Location Type In Person
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • STEP’s job training classes are focused on the skills and knowledge needed for work in the food service industry: we cover customer service, kitchen skills, food safety.  Our other classes include: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); Leadership; Introduction to Digital Literacy. Some of these classes may be restricted to eligible UNITE HERE Local 23 members (and sometimes their family members) who work for a participating employer. We do not offer classes in other sectors.

  • All of our classes are free of charge unless otherwise noted.

  • External, industry recognized certification classes and exams are part of our Job Training programs. Eligible UNITE HERE Local 23 members may also register for any of our scheduled Food Safety or Alcohol service classes.

  • Some of our job seeker classes may include a student stipend. There is no need for tuition assistance since the classes are free. If you are a UNITE HERE Local 23 DC member looking for tuition reimbursement assistance for a class you have taken elsewhere (such as a community college, university, or vocational program) or want to support a scholarship application for a child or grandchild, please click here.

  • This is up to you and your employer to discuss.

  • Many classes are restricted to eligible members of UNITE HERE Local 23 and sometimes their family members. Others are created specifically for under/un-employed community (or union) members whose goal includes obtaining a position with one of STEP’s partner employers.

  • Please check the class in question. This answer varies by class.

  • The attendance policy depends on the class. Our Job Training classes have strict attendance requirements that will be explained to you when you apply. They may vary based on the class length.

  • Yes. While we understand that emergencies happen, we reserve the right to restrict your future registration to waitlisting/standby if you fail to inform us at least 24 hours in advance that you will not be able to attend class. We often have classes with waitlists, and failure to give advance notice means that we are unable to offer the open seat to another member. We strongly urge you to first check in with your manager to make sure that you are able to call off work if necessary for attendance.

  • Classes for UNITE HERE Local 23 members are open to any Local 23 member working at a unit where there is an agreement with STEP. Most Local 23 units are in the STEP Fund but some are not. If you are not sure, please text us at 301-876-4419 and we can let you know.

  • For information about our partner UNITE HERE Local 23, please see https://www.unitehere23.org/   https://www.facebook.com/UniteHereLocal23/