NEW HAVEN- State Rep. David Rutigliano (R-Trumbull) today participated as a judge at the annual Connecticut ProStart competition for high school students sponsored by the charitable arm of the Connecticut Restaurant Association (CRA) at Gateway Community College.
The winners of the annual ProStart scholarship competition this year were from Wilbur Cross High School.
ProStart is a two year culinary and management program for high school students. ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents to open doors for fulfilling careers in the culinary industry The curriculum includes all facets of the industry, and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.
ProStart students spend two years in the classroom mastering the fundamental management and culinary skills needed for success. ProStart trains students on industry-specific skills that can be used in all aspects of the restaurant and food service industry. Students also leave the program with employability skills – like leadership, accountability, teamwork and responsibility – that they can take with them to positions in all industries. ProStart also awards scholarships to the some finalist in the Connecticut state competition.
“ProStart is the two-year career-building program for high school students. Whether students are looking to enter the job market directly after graduating, or if they plan to attend college, a ProStart student makes a solid candidate for success,” said Rep. Rutigliano, who has been President of the CT ProStart program for the last three years.