NRA Educational Foundation’s ProStart Program Continues to Grow

September 23, 2015

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart platform recently expanded into North Dakota, marking the 50th state to offer the career and technical education program. Remembering the days when Chicago was the lone participant, and the student reach was in the hundreds, not thousands, is a tough task for Wendi Safstrom.

“It’s overwhelming,” says Safstrom, the NRAEF vice president of programs and administration. “One of the things I think about is that one of our first competitions was 15 years ago. The students were 18 and now they’re 33. And so many of them, because of ProStart, were able to…