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T.H.E. Foundation receives grant to expand ProStart testing

Wednesday, September 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has awarded $16,700 to the South Carolina Tourism and Hospitality Education Foundation (T.H.E. Foundation) as part of the 2014 ProStart Program Support Fund Distribution Program. The program is designed to sustain, strengthen and enhance state-level ProStart programs through funding to support activities related to program support for ProStart students and educators.  

ProStart is a nationwide, two-year workforce development program for high school students managed by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, and is aimed at developing well-trained, reliable industry employees and leaders.

This award will be used to provide exam testing supplies (both paper, pencil and online) so 100% of our ProStart schools can test their students. Removing the financial barrier from the schools and enabling all students to test, we anticipate the total number of students that earn their National Certificate of Achievement to increase again this year.  

Project outcomes will be measured by number of students tested, national certifications earned and students working in the industry. By evaluating online registration reports, testing reports and completed workplace validation forms, we will document program growth and student performance.    

SC T.H.E. Foundation has been a state partner for ProStart since 1999 and has secured more than $1.4 million in grant funding for the South Carolina program since its inception.


For more information about South Carolina ProStart, please visit

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