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Asheville High School Wins a $5K Rachael Ray ProStart Grow Grant to Nurture Its Culinary and Restaurant Management Education Program

Asheville High School is one of 38 high schools from across the country that has been selected to receive a $5,000 grant to support its ProStart culinary and restaurant management program through the Rachael Ray Foundation ProStart Grow Grant program!

This grant will help launch the careers of Pro Start Program students and future culinary and restaurant management talent at Asheville High/SILSA!

Asheville High School/SILSA has used the ProStart curriculum to deliver the Culinary Arts and Hospitality classes for the past three years. The grant will be used to cover the cost of national certifications for students, update the classroom uniforms, and help offset some competition costs associated with the Culinary and Hospitality teams.

“ProStart is a great program to give students some basic knowledge of how a kitchen and a foodservice operation should work”, said Sara Monson, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality instructor at Asheville High. “With four classes in the pathway, it really allows a chance for students to get introduced to the industry at a young age, with the hopes of leading students into a career in food service or hospitality”.

To date, the Rachael Ray Foundation ProStart Grow Grant Program has provided $590,000 to schools demonstrating a strong need to engage and educate high school students interested in exploring restaurant and food service careers.

“ProStart programs, and the educators who support them, provide high school students across the country with skills they need to be successful throughout life,” said Rachael Ray, award-winning television personality and philanthropist. “We [The Rachael Ray Foundation] are proud to support the dreams, passion, and hard work that these Grow Grant recipients display in their classrooms and schools as they cultivate the next generation of restaurant and foodservice professionals.”

A program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ProStart is a two-year technical education program found at more than 1,750 high schools and career and technical education centers nationwide, teaching culinary techniques and restaurant management skills that build a lifetime foundation and support future careers in the restaurant industry.