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IRA Educational Foundation

Committed to Developing Tomorrow’s Foodservice Leaders Today!

The Educational Foundation is dedicated to working with high school students to build the hospitality workforce through career exploration, workforce development and connections to post secondary education.

Working with teachers, students and industry partners through the ProStart® program, the Foundation creates career pathways to post-secondary education and the workforce.

  • Career Exploration
    • Job Shadow Day
    • Field Trips
    • Career Camps
    • Culinary & Management Competition
  • Workforce Development
    • Job Readiness Training
    • Internships
    • Work based learning experiences
    • Industry Recognized Certification
  • Connections to College
    • Scholarships
    • College and Scholarship Prep Workshops
    • College Tours

ProStart Invitational®

Hosted by the IRA Educational Foundation and sponsored by SYSCO Foodservice-Chicago, the 12th Annual ProStart Invitational was held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Kendall College.

See the list of winning teams
Watch Video Clip

Be a Host on Job Shadow Day

Partner locations are being sought to host high school ProStart® students on March 6th for Job Shadow Day. To participate as a host or for more info, click here.

Get Involved!

Support the Educational Foundation through sponsorship, mentoring, donation and more! The IRA Educational Foundation is a 501 c3 non-profit organization.

Scholarship Application

The IRA Educational Foundation has awarded almost $2.5 million to deserving students pursing Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in college. For more information, please click here.


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