On Saturday, March 4th the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (IRAEF) hosted multiple Culinary and Management teams comprised of high school ProStart® students from across the state to compete in the 16th Annual Illinois ProStart® Invitational.
ProStart teachers Maggie Sheehy and Ronna Pflanz lead the team, comprised of students from Buffalo Grove and Wheeling High Schools, to a 2nd place finish. This was the first time at this competition for the schools. As 2nd place finishers, each of the 5 students received over $35,000 in scholarship money to a number of Culinary University/Colleges. The students receiving this award include Buffalo Grove High School students Arleth Arredondo, Steven Buchholz, Emily Griffin, Laura Rodriguez and Wheeling High School student Dimas Ramos.
ProStart® is a national, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's® industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills that will last a lifetime. The curriculum is industry relevant, addresses necessary critical skills, meets Illinois State Board of Education learning standards, and offers nationally recognized certifications. District 214 students earn an Illinois Sanitation License, dual credit for both levels of coursework and honors credit for level two of the ProStart curriculum.
Career and Technical Education Division Head Jeff Bott states, “This award, being the first time in the competition, is a testament to the amount of hours and high level of professionalism of both teachers and students. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment.”
For more information on the CTE department and its courses and programs, call 847-718-4000.