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Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association assists local culinary program

DeLaSalle Education Center develops careers for urban high school students

On hand for the presentation at DeLaSalle Education Center: KC Councilman Jermaine Reed; Mark Williamson, Executive Director of DeLaSalle; Alan Kneeland, Chair of the GKCRA Education Committee; and KC Councilman Quinton Lucas

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association (GKCRA), in conjunction with the Kansas City Kitchen Cabinet, presented the DeLaSalle Education Center with new culinary equipment to support its ProStart® program on February 7.  The equipment, valued at $2,200, was made possible through a grant from the GKCRA to support the next generation of culinary leaders.

“The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and Kitchen Cabinet are committed to the Kansas City community and especially values our involvement with programs like ProStart and schools like DeLaSalle,” said Alan Kneeland, chair of the education committee for GKCRA.

ProStart is a two-year career technical education program where high-school students learn from an industry-derived, competency-based curriculum that teaches culinary techniques and restaurant management skills, coupled with real-life restaurant sector experiences. In the 2016 – 2017 academic year, the Missouri ProStart Program, supported by the Missouri Restaurant Association in partnership with Family, Consumer Sciences and Human Services at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is working with 104 high schools and career centers across the state to introduce over 5,000 students to career opportunities in the restaurant industry.   ProStart offers life-changing opportunities for students and teaches industry-specific and transferable employability skills.

DeLaSalle Education Center is the only alternative charter high school in Missouri dedicated to serving urban core students at risk of not completing high school. Many of our students have fallen behind in their grade level and face overwhelming academic needs and personal challenges. DeLaSalle’s unique combination of small class sizes, wraparound support services, and workforce development programs give our students the tools they need to succeed and graduate.

The Kitchen Cabinet, a joint effort of the National Restaurant Association and the Missouri Restaurant Association and its local affiliated chapters, is a civic engagement program committed to growing and preserving opportunity in the restaurant industry and strengthening the communities in which we live and work. This initiative works in close collaboration with non-profit organizations and government officials to ensure that restaurants remain a strong pillar in our economy and continue to create opportunities for all Americans.

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