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Raise The Grade was formed to offer ServSafe® training throughout North Carolina and beyond.

In 2008, Sandra Stoneman started a small food safety training company. With a few classes a month, a culture of food safety was born. Soon after getting started, Sandra’s brother, Josh Cooke, partnered with his sister to grow Raise The Grade into North Carolina’s largest provider of ServSafe® training.

Over the years, Raise The Grade has grown exponentially to include not only a roster of talented staff, but also a partnership with coworking kitchen City Kitch. As Raise The Grade’s impact grows, we continue to add exciting new offerings such as a live, interactive online course (LiveStream,) expanded language offerings, consulting services, and more!

Raise The Grade began as, and will always be, a family business that is striving to make your state, your country, and even your world a safer place to eat.


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Raise The Grade’s new food safety LiveStream courses rock! We broadcast live, instructor-led lessons from a professional kitchen to your home or office, making it easy to complete your training wherever you are.

  • Live Instructor
  • Available In Spanish

  • Training Complete In Less Than A Day

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Raise The Grade teaches live, interactive food safety classes in a traditional classroom setting. We recognize how vital food safety training is and we strive to give our students a thorough and engaging experience.

  • Private Training Options Available

  • Available In Spanish

  • Same Day Training And Exam

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Start and stop our flexible training program whenever you choose to make balancing work and life easier than ever. If you’re constantly on the go, Raise The Grade’s online, self-paced offering is perfect for you.

  • ANSI-Accredited Food Safety Manager

  • Available In Spanish

  • Stop And Start When You Have Time


Meet our instructors, check out our locations, and explore our resources


Meet our Instructors

Raise The Grade is proud to have experienced instructors who collectively have over 250 years of experience in the areas of hospitality/lodging, food service, customer service, and other relevant industries. Each student leaves class armed with more knowledge of food safety/sanitation and with a positive, up-beat, and professional passion for the food service & hospitality industry.


ServSafe® Certificate Program Graduates

Look who’s “raised their grade” with us! We are proud to showcase our graduates.


Resource Library & Blog

Access our free food safety resources for your use!


We offer regularly scheduled classes in North Carolina and South Carolina.

NC: Asheville, Boone, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, Jacksonville, Mooresville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Wilson, and Winston-Salem.

SC: Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Rock Hill.

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.