West Virginia ProStart Program Employs New and Improved ProStart Second Edition Materials

July 29, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - Demonstrating its strong commitment to the professional development of high school students, the West Virginia Department of Educationís Office of Hospitality Education and Training (HEAT) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) have announced today the release of the newly revised ProStart Second Edition materials.  

The ProStart program is a two-year curriculum developed by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation and is administered in West Virginia by the NRAEF and HEAT. ProStart allows 11th and 12th graders to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success in restaurant management careers. Forty-three ProStart programs are currently in operation within West Virginia. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships with industry managers. When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement. The certificate signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce.  

Building upon the high marks ProStartís first edition earned from educators and students, second edition resources maintain many of the first editionís popular features with the necessary updates to ensure the information is up-to-date and relevant.  

ďProviding our ProStart students with the most engaging and current information is essential to build the restaurant and foodservice leaders of tomorrow and enhance the industryís position as the cornerstone of our nationís career-and-employment opportunities,Ē said Mary M. Adolf, president and chief operating officer of the NRAEF.  

The ProStart Second Edition text has been revised to reflect changes on topics such as food safety, food security and advances in technology. A Student Activity Workbook has also been developed to more directly apply and practice the concepts taught in the text. Additionally, a new recruitment video highlights the advantages of participating in the ProStart program and the successes of participating students.  

As of this fall, the ProStart program will be implemented in conjunction with 43 states and territories across the nation. This partnership with state restaurant associations and state departments of education brings restaurant and foodservice operators, educators, and government officials together to coordinate the program in their state.  

For additional information regarding other ProStart activities contact Greg Atkinson, HEAT Lead Coordinator, at 304-558-3896 or by email at glatkins@access.k12.wv.us.  

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