IllinoisProStart2012_no%20tag_smallWe are proud to announce that our 2016 community partnership is with The Illinois Restaurant Educational Foundation/ Pro Start

The Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization (501 c3) dedicated to building Illinois’ hospitality workforce through career exploration and development programs, scholarships and image enhancement.

Through initiatives centered around the ProStart Program, career exploration and job readiness training, and yearly scholarships, the Educational Foundation is constantly striving to make a difference in the Illinois foodservice industry.

ProStart® is a national, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s® industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills that will last a lifetime. ProStart® serves over 100,000 students nationally and reaches approximately 4,000 students in Illinois.

The curriculum is industry relevant, addresses necessary critical skills, meets Illinois State Board of Education learning standards, and offers nationally recognized certifications. The Illinois ProStart® Program goes beyond providing a curriculum in the classroom by connecting students to industry via field trips, classroom speakers, career camps and more. For more information for students and teachers, see below:

For more information on how to be involved visit:


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