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National Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Program, ProStart, Starts Cooking in DC Public Schools

ProStart opens classes at Roosevelt, Roosevelt STAY and Ballou High Schools

WASHINGTON, DC – October 16, 2018 – Today, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and Educated Eats will celebrate the arrival of the NRAEF’s high school culinary and restaurant management program, ProStart, to the District of Columbia.
The celebration will kick off at the Educated Eats “Sips & Bites” press conference and benefits event for culinary and hospitality education held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center this evening at 5:00 p.m.
ProStart, a nationwide, two-year program for high school students focused on culinary arts and restaurant management, will arrive in three high schools in the District: Roosevelt, Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. and Ballou. The national program works to develop today’s top talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders, giving high school students a real-world taste of what it’s like to work in—and manage—a restaurant.

“Bringing ProStart to Washington, DC is a huge win for the Foundation,” said Rob Gifford, executive vice president of the NRAEF. “We are officially in all 50 states, and now, the District of Columbia. Thank you to the team who helped make this possible – we look forward to serving the future leaders of the restaurant industry right here in the Foundation’s very own backyard.”

The timing was right and the need in our industry is real for RAMW to bring the ProStart program back to DC,” said RAMW President and CEO Kathy Hollinger. “This program will create myriad opportunities for enrolled students by giving them access to accomplished mentors and hands-on work experience in DC restaurants. Their classrooms are training grounds in which they will learn from industry leaders to prepare for long-lasting, fulfilling careers. At the same
time, it will benefit DC restaurateurs by
providing them with a talented workforce that is crucial to sustaining one of the city’s largest industries.” 

The Foundation’s ProStart program currently serves 140,000 students in over 1,800 schools. Students enroll in a two-year curriculum, take two national exams, complete a minimum of 400 hours of industry work experience and demonstrate mastery in observable employability skills, allowing graduates to enter the restaurant and foodservice industry right away.
Exemplary ProStart students go on to compete at state and national level competitions – and the 2019 National ProStart Invitational will be held here at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., May 8th – 10th.
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members.
Visit to learn more about the ProStart program, the NRAEF and its impact.
About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:  As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s mission of service to the public is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce. NRAEF programs include: ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit
About the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members.

The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW serves its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business.
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