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SWRHS ProStart Program Connects Classroom to Industry.

 

Southwestern Randolph High School prides itself in offering a wide variety of Career and Technical Education classes to meet the diverse interests of their students.   One of the newer additions to Southwestern’s class offerings is a culinary-based program called ProStart.

ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program uniquely designed to unite the classroom and industry and develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. The ProStart curriculum was developed with guidance from educators and representatives of the restaurant and foodservice industry and is managed nationally by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in partnership with state restaurant associations. 

Southwestern’s ProStart program, The Culinary Cougars, offers high school students the chance to explore career opportunities and gain the skills needed to operate and manage a foodservice operation by pairing classroom learning with on-the-job experience. As part of the ProStart program, Southwestern Randolph High School combines academic classroom work with the opportunity for students to participate in mentored work experiences at local restaurants.  Through this opportunity, students get hands-on experience in different areas of the foodservice industry, working directly with industry professionals who make sure they get as much as possible out of the work experience and have the chance to practice what they learn in the classroom. 

When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and participate in at least 400 hours of mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement, signifying they are well-qualified to enter the industry workforce.  Students who achieve the National Certificate of Achievement have access to scholarships and articulation agreements with leading colleges and universities.

Currently, The Culinary Cougars are in need of partnering restaurants willing to work with their students on an intern or employee basis.  ProStart students make a wonderful addition to any foodservice establishment as they are highly qualified employees and most hold their ServSafe Certification through the National Restaurant Association.

In the classroom, students are held to high standards, regularly preparing catered meals for various functions.  Every other week teachers are treated to boxed lunches prepared by the ProStart students.   All of these projects raise funds to help send competition teams to the ProStart Invitational, a culinary and management competition where Southwestern placed among the top ten teams in the state last year.

The Culinary Cougars next big fundraising project is the 1st Annual Holiday Pie Sale.  The students will be preparing and selling homemade pies just in time for Thanksgiving meals.  Homemade Pecan, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, and Dutch Apple Crumb Pie will be made and be available for pick up or delivery on Tuesday, November 24.  All pies will be $8 each.  Pies will be baked fresh and then frozen and each will come with reheating instructions to ensure the highest quality pie at your holiday dinner.

To help with student internships or to order a pie from the sale, please contact Kelly Biggs, the Culinary Instructor at Southwestern Randolph High School, at (336)381-7747 or at kbiggs@randolph.k12.nc.us.  Pie orders must be placed by Friday, November 20th, but internships are needed year round!

 

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