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NRA, NRAEF celebrate ProStart with new videos

ProStart, the national, two-year culinary training program for high-school students interested in pursuing restaurant industry careers, is celebrating the nearly 100,000 participants in the program with a new series of videos that showcase their talent and dedication to their craft.

Created and developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ProStart teaches students food safety, sanitation and knife skills as well as culinary techniques and management skills. It provides real-world educational opportunities that will help the future leaders of the industry develop knowledge to advance their careers.

"ProStart is a very effective career-building program," said Carlton Curtis, vice president of Coca-Cola Foodservice and chairman of the NRAEF. "Supporters of the program are able to see the positive changes in the lives of these young people happen right before their eyes."

Currently, the U.S. restaurant industry employs 12.8 million people and projects it will add 1.3 million more jobs over the next decade.

"The kids enrolled in ProStart are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives," said Dawn Sweeney, president and chief executive of the National Restaurant Association. "With ProStart, we're showing them the career opportunities that exist in our industry, as well as training the future workforce of this country."

The videos, which currently are available on www.youtube.com, feature testimonials from students and industry veterans whose lives were impacted by ProStart. They include:

  • Feeding Dreams: Learn how ProStart brings industry and the classroom together to give students a platform to discover new interests and talents and open doors for fulfilling careers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaMSjDEVUbU


  • Building Futures: America's restaurants are an industry of opportunity - learn how ProStart is building a pipeline of talent to help fill the 1.3 million jobs the industry will add over the next decade. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxvmLlPhwKQ


  • National ProStart Invitational: Experience the thrill of competition as ProStart state champions from around the country battle for top honors and scholarships in culinary and management events. http://youtu.be/aR5fg_SqQQU



To learn more about ProStart, visit the website at http://prostart.restaurant.org.

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