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ProStart Program Gets Hospitality Education Funding Infusion

State government appropriations and other grants expand capacity for training future culinary and hospitality professionals

By Todd R. Berger

 

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The infusion of funds for the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation ProStart program will help train future culinary and hospitality students. | Photo by carballo, Courtesy of Adobe Stock

The Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation (HMEF) ProStart program was allocated a $250,000 Department of Employment and Economic Development appropriation this past legislative session. This allocation will further the program’s ability to advance the education and training of Minnesota’s future culinary and hospitality professionals.

ProStart is a national curriculum that has been taught in hundreds of schools throughout the country, including at over 90 in Minnesota. The program teaches high school students the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the culinary and hospitality management industries, providing students with the knowledge to pursue careers in these fields.

In addition, the Rachel Ray Foundation has also awarded four $5,000 ProStart Growth Grants to Minnesota schools this year. The schools include New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Public Schools in New Richland, Owatonna High School in Owatonna, Staples-Motley High School in Staples, and John Marshall High School in Rochester.

These grants will enable each school to expand its ProStart program, providing additional opportunities for students to gain valuable skills and knowledge in the culinary and hospitality industries.

HMEF supports the growth and development of Minnesota’s culinary and hospitality industries through programs like ProStart.

hospitalityminnesota.com

rachelrayfoundation.org

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