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Carver Center Takes Fourth in NPSI Management Competition

MPSI 29 0309 Many of my Blog readers (OK, most) don't realize what a big deal it is for the kids of Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore to have taken fourth place at the National ProStart Invitational held this weekend in San Diego … I'm telling you that it is a big deal on many levels including the fact that the Carver School is the first Maryland school to finish in the top five in the Management Competition.

LaDeana and Marshall sent out text messages and e-mails as soon as the announcements were made at the closing awards dinner Sunday night. I wish I could have been there to hear the cheers of their student peers as they accepted their scholarship awards.

Education will be the key to the future of foodservice and these kids are "top class" in every way.

OK, now for the more formal announcement as it will appear in the May issue of Foodservice Monthly that goes to press tomorrow:

Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore took fourth place in the Management Competition of the National ProStart Invitational held April 24 – 26 in San Diego. The team, coached by Carver Center instructor Bette Mullins (Maryland’s ProStart Teacher of the Year), is comprised of team members Brina Furman, Rachel Sherman, Brenna Hoffman, Tara Lewis and Tom Burch.

Marshall Weston, executive vice president of the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation, and LaDeana Litchfield, director of workforce development, traveled with the team to the nationals. Carver Center won the state management competition at the 5th annual Maryland ProStart Invitational in March. That win gave them the opportunity to compete for college scholarships in San Diego.

Students who complete the ProStart high school culinary and hospitality management curriculum are qualified to enter the workforce in positions above entry level and are on a fast track to management careers. “The ProStart program is phenomenal for our industry, said Paul Hartgen, president and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland. “It instills hard work and excellent training into each and every student. It truly prepares them for the tough but rewarding hospitality industry.”

Participating teams in the Management Competition must demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by competing in two different events: the Case Study event, where students test their communication skills and their ability to apply their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry to practical situations, and the Quiz Bowl, which is a question and answer “game show” style event.

The Case Study event uses simple management practices learned throughout the ProStart textbooks. The ProStart Year 1 and Year 2 (first and second editions) curriculum were used to develop the Quiz Bowl questions.

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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