The Classic Center
Downtown Athens, GA

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.

The Classic Center building at night


Bread for Life

Bread for Life

Bread for Life Inc is a non-profit organization that brings together an experienced educator to direct the overall program and 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. 

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Athens Community Career Academy

Athens Community Career Academy

The Classic Center facility will be used as a learning lab for students taking courses to understand 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

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 tour
  • Take part in team-building and leadership activities

All of this will assist students with the capstone project that integrates skills and information gained throughout the week by executing an event for 200+ attendees. 

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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.  

Chick Fil A logo Barnett Shoals Downtown Athens BeechwoodGeorgia Club   Levy Logo - NEW


Scholarships and Grants


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 employees of The Classic Center, area high school students, and individuals enrolled in hospitality programs at  Athens Technical College, The University of Georgia, and Athens Community Career Academy.

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Going Green


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

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