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(Sacramento, Calif) – California Community Colleges will serve as a silver sponsor for the 2015 California ProStart Cup presented by the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (CRAEF). The state competition will be held March 22-23 at the Pasadena Convention Center.
“We’re excited to be part of an event that helps shape the futures of so many talented students,” said Philip Sutton, Statewide Director/Sector Navigator Retail, Hospitality and Tourism. “Seeing such young people produce top quality work is very rewarding.” Haley Nguyen, a chef professor at Long Beach City College, and Michael Pierini, department chair and chef at Cerritos College, will represent the California Community Colleges as a judges of the culinary and management competition, respectively.
This dynamic event brings together talented high school students from ProStart programs across the state, who collectively represent the future of California’s restaurant and foodservice industries. Over the two days competition, students will compete in both culinary and management events, putting their knowledge and skills to the test.
“We are grateful to have the California Community Colleges support our event,” CRAEF Executive Director Alycia Harshfield. “Many of our students will go on to continue their education at one of the community colleges in California, so it is a great fit for the competition.”
Winning teams from each competition will be awarded first-, second- and third-place trophies and, most notably, scholarships to aid in their pursuit of higher education. First-place winning teams from each competition also will be sponsored to compete in the 2015 National ProStart Invitational April 18-20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
About the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation: CRAEF has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1981. CRAEF works to enhance education and training programs within the hospitality industry. ProStart is a two-year program designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for exciting careers in foodservice.
About California Community Colleges: The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with 2.1 million students attending 112 colleges. Our colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary to compete in today’s economy. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year institutions.
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