Interested in Joining the EDWINS Program?

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:

  • September 24, 2018
  • January 2, 2019
  • March 11, 2019
  • May 20, 2019
  • August 5, 2019
  • October 14, 2019

To register for an upcoming class, we ask you to visit our non-profit partner, Passages, Inc., on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until about 11 a.m. Enrollment will require presenting a valid ID and filling out an application at Passages. For prospective students not currently in Cleveland or unable to attend open enrollment on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., please call Passages for further instructions.

Passages, Inc.
3631 Perkins Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 881-6776
Passages may be able to help prospective students with immediate needs for shelter, food and clothing before the next class at  EDWINS begins.

After filling out the application at Passages, prospective students will be contacted for an interview. 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