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Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) of Michigan



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Founded in 2008, ROC-Michigan is dedicated to winning improved working conditions and opportunities for Southeast Michigan's more than 160,000 restaurant workers, many of whom work for low pay with little to no benefits.
Our members and leaders come from every part of the world and from every part of the industry - from dishwashers to servers, from fast food to fine dining. We believe that good jobs with family-sustaining wages benefit workers, employers, and consumers. We all have a stake in improving opportunities for those who work for our nation's largest private employer - The Restaurant Industry!

Training Courses

CHOW 101
Introduction to
Serving & Bartending
18-Hour Program is offered on three consecutive Mondays from 9am - 3pm. It is the perfect opportunity to test your interest and aptitude for working as a restaurant server or bartender. This is an Introductory Course to the work of ROC and provides a comprehensive overview of the restaurant/hospitality service featuring the Pros & Cons of the industry.

for Dues Paying ROC Members
CHOW 201
Fine Dining Service
& Bartending
This 45-Hour Course offers more advanced bartending and fine dining service training. The ideal training participant is a recent graduate of a vocational high school culinary arts program or a current restaurant worker desiring to make the transition from fast food, or very casual dining, to a polished casual or a fine dining setting. This training offers a nationally recognized Certificate of Completion and Job Placement assistance.
for Dues Paying ROC Members

CHOW 301 Intensive Workforce Development Experience
This 10-Week program (96 classroom hours and 120 practicum hours), held from 9:00am - 3:00pm Tues-Fri, offers practical skills training in restaurant positions including servers, bar backs, hosts, bussers and expediters, as well as transitional Employment at COLORS - Detroit. Participants can earn up to 9 College Credits at selected colleges, as well as ServSAFE Alcohol & Food Handler Certifications, and American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation Certification.

TUITION: $2500 - $3800 per person(Full or Partial Scholarships may be available for Dues Paying ROC Members)
CHOW 401
Advanced Polished Casual/Fine
Dining Service & Bartending
This is a Six-Month classroom and Paid Practicum Experience for restaurant workers that have less than three years of continuous employment in the restaurant/hospitality industry. Ideal for those workers seeking industry credentials and Job Placement assistance. This course operates from 3 - 10pm Thurs - Sat evenings at COLORS. For more information on Course work... Give Us a Call!
TUITION: $2000 per person
(Full or Partial Scholarships may be available for Dues Paying ROC Members)
Introduction to


Tuition: $125.00 per person
Sommelier - Restaurant  in Detroit, MI
This course is great for wine enthusiasts and/or those looking for a career change, or to expand industry credentials. Join us at COLORS one evening a week, for five weeks for a 2-hour course to learn more about the types of wines, the basics of assisting customers in selecting wines, and professional wine service. You will also learn more about the requirements for becoming a Certified Sommelier. Participants receive a Certificate of Completion from this course and the fee includes 4-5 wine samples each evening.
Specialty Courses in...


Tuition: TBD based upon class
Mixology  - Restaurant  in Detroit, MI
Through a partnership with The United States Bartenders' Guild - Detroit Chapter, we were recently able to make this series of classes available to ROC Members enrolled in our current programs - FREE of Charge! Learn more about various liquors and the making of Craft Cocktails. When available, this course typically takes place on Thursday evenings at COLORS - Detroit from 5 - 7pm for Five consecutive weeks.

ServSAFE Certifications

Learn about foodborne illness, how to prevent it and how to train employees in food sanitation. Earn nationally accredited food safety certification.
Manager - Course Fee: $150
Learn basic food safety practices for preparing and serving food. Earn your food handler certificate from the food-service experts.
Food Handler - Course Fee: $50
Learn the essentials of responsible alcohol service. Protect yourself and your operation from risks and liabilities with alcohol training & certification.
Alcohol - Course Fee: $65
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