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Professional Development

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As an industry educator, you have access to opportunities that can help you grow and succeed right alongside your students. The following opportunities are available to secondary educators interested in continuing education and professional development. 

Summer Institutes Sponsored by Darden Restaurants Foundation

The Summer Institutes provide technical and professional instruction for restaurant and foodservice educators. The goal is to provide educators with a forum to learn cutting-edge skills they can apply to the classroom. These week-long intensive workshops are delivered by industry experts at post-secondary institutions across the country. 
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Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator Certification

Discover the certification program for secondary educators who are interested in securing the hands-on training needed to stay up-to-date on restaurant and foodservice techniques. This is an outstanding way to add value to your classroom teachings.
Learn about the Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator certification

Professional Development Scholarship for Educators

Scholarships are available for educators who want to further their professional development by attending a Summer Institute or by gaining hands-on industry experience.
Learn more about professional development scholarships for educators