Howard, St. Georges Win Pro Start Grow Grants

The Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation recently announced that two Delaware high school culinary arts programs are among only 27 high schools nationwide to receive a ProStart grant from the Rachel Ray Foundation. Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington and St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown each will receive $5,000 through the RRF ProStart Grow Grants for demonstrating how their ProStart program educates high school students interested in exploring restaurant and food service jobs and careers. More than $135,000 in grants were awarded national to help high schools improve their existing ProStart programs.

Howard and St. Georges combine for 170 students in grades 10-12 who are pursuing culinary arts certifications. Along with its two other high school culinary arts programs at Hodgson Vo-Tech in Glasgow and Delcastle Technical High School in Newport, the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District serves nearly 350 culinary arts students across all four of its high schools. More than 90% of their students pass the ServSafe Manager Certification Examinations, an industry-recognized credential. Visit