Community Outreach

The Classic Center is deeply rooted in hospitality and acts
as a learning lab for our community. 

Fostering relationships with local education systems has resulted in pathways for all individuals despite education or training level. The Bread for Life program, Hospitality Careers Academy, Athens Technical College, and the Athens Community Career Academy programs allow us to meet individuals where they are and give them the skills and training to grow and prosper within the hospitality industry. 

The Classic Center has also been recognized as a Green Meetings Site by ConventionSouth and prioritizes environmental safety and efficiencyLearn more about these education and green initiatives by clicking on the buttons below.


Bread for Life

Bread for Life Inc, is a non-profit organization that brings together an experienced educator to direct the overall program in addition to leaders in the local hospitality and other services industries as instructors.  A dedicated crew of volunteers and students have the desire to embark on a career path that will lift them and their families out of poverty.   This recipe for success combines a classroom curriculum plus hands-on paid work training to prepare graduates for a viable, sustainable career. 

To learn more about the Bread for Life Program click here.

Athens Community Career Academy

The Classic Center facility will be used as a learning lab for students who are taking courses to gain an understanding of how the industry started, how trends can become new standards, and how customer service ultimately affects profitability. 

  • Hotel and Hospitality Management Pathway
  • Entertainment, Sports, and Events Management Pathway
Hospitality Careers Academy

The Hospitality Careers Academy is a terrific summer opportunity for students who are interested in a career in the hospitality and tourism industry.  During this week-long academy students will:
- Listen and interact with guest speakers in the industry
- Participate in job shadowing and industry tours
- Take part in team-building and leadership activities
All of this will assist students with the capstone project that integrates and skills and information they've gained throughout the week, by executing a real event for 200+ attendees. 

To learn more or to apply for HCA click here.

The Classic Center is not alone in our mission to grow and educate the hospitality workforce.  It is only with the support of our valued partners in education that we can make this dream a reality.  A special Thank You to the following hospitality heroes that allow us to make this dream a reality.  

The Georgia Club



The Classic Center and The Classic Center Cultural Foundation work together to award over $60,000 in scholarships annually.  Scholarship categories include performing arts, visual arts, hospitality, and workforce development .  These scholarships provide opportunities for Classic Center employees as well as area high school students, and individuals enrolled in hospitality programs at  Athens Technical College, and The University of Georgia, as well as the Athens Community Career Academy.

To learn more about the scholarship program click here.


Going Green

The Classic Center remains committed to our "green initiatives" to operate our facility in the most energy efficient manner possible.  

To learn more about how The Classic Center is going green click here