Interested in Joining the EDWINS Program?

Interested in Joining the EDWINS Program?

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EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is open to formerly-incarcerated adults in who want a second a chance. There is no charge for students to attend EDWINS, and we provide all uniforms, books and supplies.

Students must be at least 18 years of age, but we do not require a minimum education level or past job experience.

EDWINS does not ask any information pertaining to criminal background prior to accepting someone into the program. If you are ready to move forward, work hard, dedicate yourself and adhere to our strict attendance policy, you are welcome at EDWINS.  Students from any geographic area may enroll at EDWINS, but they must provide their own transportation and accommodations to get to our institute in Cleveland, Ohio.

View the course catalog, including curriculum, here.

We have new classes scheduled to start:

  • August 5, 2019
  • October 14, 2019
  • December 30th, 2019
  • March 9th, 2020
  • May 18th, 2020
  • July 27th, 2020
  • October 5th, 2020
  • December 14th, 2020

To register for an upcoming class, we ask you to visit EDWINS on Fridays at 9 a.m. Enrollment will require presenting a valid ID and filling out an application. For prospective students not currently in Cleveland or unable to attend open enrollment on Fridays, please email Heather at

After filling out the application,  prospective students will be provided with an interview date. The interviews are held at EDWINS Restaurant approximately three weeks before class starts. To qualify for the EDWINS program, prospective students are only required to be prompt, sober and display a willingness to learn and work during the interview.

If a student is selected, an EDWINS’ staff member will contact them to let them know when and where to arrive for their first day of class.

Once accepted into the program, students will be asked to adhere to the following schedules:

Weeks 1 through 3: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m.

Weeks 4 through Graduation: Either Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m. or either Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m.

For any questions regarding the registration and enrollment process at EDWINS, please contact Passages, Inc. at (216) 881-6776, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute at (216) 921-3333 or Email Director of Education Jon Khanna at