ProStart Instructors from across the state gathered in State College on August 6th for the 2019 Pennsylvania ProStart Instructor Workshop. Instructors spent the day sharing best practices, hearing about ProStart program updates for the upcoming school year, and expanding their knowledge-base through guest presentations on a variety of topics such as butchering, gluten-free cooking and baking, and aquaponics. View some photos of the day below.
Home base: the beautiful Nittany Lion Inn
"Meat Your Beef" Demonstration
Nichole Hockenberry of the PA Beef Council greeted the instructors and introduced Dr. Jonathan Campbell, Penn State University Meat Extension Specialist, who demonstrated a live breakdown of a beef chuck. A recording of this demonstration is available here.
Penn State School of Hospitality Management: Cafe Laura
Next up— a tour of Penn State's hospitality facilities and instructional restaurant, Cafe Laura, from Penn State hospitality instructor Kimberly Cooper and Penn State SHM Director of Hospitality Industry Relations, Brian Black. Instructors were also greeted by the School of Hospitality Management's director, Dr. Donna Quadri-Felitti.
Gluten Free & Aquaponics Presentations
We rounded out the day with presentations on gluten-free cooking and baking from Nittany Lion Inn Executive Chef Marissa Schaeffer and Aquaponics at State College High School from State High biology teacher and Aquaponic Club Advisor Jack Lyke.
Thanks to all of our partners who made this informative and interactive workshop possible. Thanks also to all of the dedicated PA ProStart Instructors who took time out of their summer break to work on their own professional development, and ensure that their program is the best it can be for their students. We're looking forward to the start of a new school year!
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