(Above: Clearwater HS ProStart culinary team members Bailey Roach and Nathan Yount)
Your MRA dues investment benefits the foodservice and hospitality industry in many ways. Did you know that as a member of MRA you are also a supporter of the ProStart® School-to-Career Program?
ProStart is a national career-building program for high school students interested in culinary arts and foodservice management. Developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and administered in Missouri by MRA’s Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established to support the educational objectives of MRA, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services, ProStart is a two-year high school program where future industry leaders get their start. Through this program, we are training the restaurant and hospitality workforce of tomorrow.
“I was looking for curriculum to prepare students for the world after high school, or to help them acquire a part-time job while in school,” commented Clearwater High School educator Christy Johnson on her founding of the Clearwater ProStart program in 2009. Since its beginning some eight years ago, Clearwater ProStart has shown continual improvement in the Missouri ProStart Competition under her direction. When speaking to her, one is taken by her contagious enthusiasm and desire to help her students achieve. “Years ago, no one at Clearwater had heard of the ProStart competition,” said Christy. “Now, students enter the class with an expectation of hard work and excellence!”
Look in your mailbox soon for the winter edition of The Missouri Restaurant Magazine and learn more about the “extraordinary teenagers” of Clearwater ProStart and the “one of a kind teacher” who mentors them.
In the words of 2016 MRA President Buddy Lahl, a frequent judge at the Missouri ProStart Competition, “When you speak with a ProStart student, you will quickly know you are having a conversation with a terrific young person.”
Clearwater High School is located in Piedmont (population 1977).