The connection between industry and schools ensures that teachers and students get the most from the Texas ProStart program. By linking teachers with restaurant industry leaders in their communities, the TRA Education Foundation strengthens the relationship between industry and education.
Additionally, one goal of the Texas ProStart program is for participating schools to offer commercial grade facilities for their students and teachers. To that end, the TRA Education Foundation assists schools in making the transition from non-commercial facilities to professional grade kitchens.
The Foundation provides a connection to industry leaders who facilitate field trips, mentoring and guest speaking opportunities.
The Making the Transition Guide assists school districts in understanding how industry based education and support programs benefit students and ultimately the industry.
Restaurateurs understand how important culinary arts education is to the future of the industry. Many are willing to serve as mentors to instructors and students. In addition to serving as a resource for questions and ideas, they can assist in arranging field trips to restaurants and vendor locations.