About Raise The Grade

Continued growth in the hospitality and food services industry has brought more restaurants and lodging options to our communities than ever could have been imagined a decade ago. Responding to this growth, Raise-The-Grade® was formed to offer ServSafe® food safety & sanitation as well as ServSafe Alcohol® certification to all types of foodservice operations throughout North Carolina and beyond.  In addition to the food safety and responsible alcohol service classes, Raise-the-Grade® also offers both scheduled and surprise audits for food service operations as well as on site ServSafe Starters classes for line level employees. 


Raise-The-Grade® is proud to have experienced instructors that have over 75 years combined experience in the areas of hospitality/lodging, food preparation, food service, corporate training, management, marketing/sales, purchasing, catering, business financials, secondary and collegiate education, and of course customer service.  It is our goal that each student leaves the class not only armed with more knowledge of food safety and sanitation but with positive, up-beat, professional renewal for the food service & hospitality industry.  Take a look at what some of our ServSafe Certificate Program Graduates have to say about us.


Regularly scheduled classes in centralized NC locations are offered in:  Asheville, Boone, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Gastonia, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, High Point, Jacksonville, Monroe, Mooresville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Wilson, and Winston-Salem. We also run classes in Rock Hill, SC! Check out our current class schedule!

*Raise-The-Grade® also offers private corporate training.  If the regularly scheduled dates and locations do not fit your company's needs, please contact us for other training options.*







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  • "I wanted to compliment your skills as an instructor and the fun you injected into the class. The subject matter is not that exciting so...great job!"

    ~ Dan Cantu, Wilmed Healthcare
  • "...really enjoyed this experience. I have been in the business of food for 30 years and I am still learning new and better ways of serving safe food. ...[the instructor] was very pleasant, informative and entertaining. I would recommend this class to all food service personnel."

    ~ Bob Conner, Little Pigs BBQ
  • "Thanks to you. I've taken the class 3 or 4 other times and your's was my favorite."

    ~ Aaron Cannon, Cannon Catering
  • "I have taken at least 8 training classes in the past year. This class is the one where I gained the most training!"

    ~ Lora Jennings, Holiday Inn Express
  • "The class moved fast but was easy to learn...; The instructor knew what she was doing."

    ~ Anthony Lindsay, Golden Corral
  • "...enjoyed your course...The extra fill-the-blank charts (provided in class) were especially helpful for learning the times and temperatures. My high score was directly related to the effectiveness of the delivery."

    ~ Brian Raughley, Consulting Safety Managers, Inc.
  • "I had to take a whole semester (ServSafe class) in culinary school...this class was better. The (review)handout about bacteria, viruses, etc., was awesome."

    ~ Paula Watson, Chetola Resort