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National Restaurant Association - New Hampshire, Delaware add ProStart to high school curricula

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New Hampshire, Delaware add ProStart to high school curricula

The fall term began with new opportunities for Delaware and New Hampshire high school students.

Schools in those states recently began offering the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's ProStart program. The two-year program prepares high school students for culinary and hospitality careers through classroom instruction and mentored, hands-on work experience.

Mike Somers, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, says the program will benefit his members.

"[We] recognize the importance of educating the next generation of our industry," he says. "We're looking forward to great results in the future."

New Hampshire is starting the program in two schools this fall, while Delaware is starting with five schools.

The Delaware Restaurant Association is working with participating schools to find mentors and advisory board members, says DRA President and CEO Carrie Leishman.

It's also working with member companies to help bring students and teachers to the 2012 National ProStart Invitational in Baltimore. Although she doesn't expect the state to compete its first year in the program, she says she wants Delaware ProStart students to learn from watching their peers from other states.

In March, Delaware sent about 10 teachers to the Maryland ProStart Invitational.

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