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N.C. Hospitality Education Foundation
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As the philanthropic foundation of the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation exists to enhance the hospitality industry’s service to the public through education, community engagement and promotion of career opportunities. NC HEF works to attract, develop and retain a career-oriented professional workforce for the hospitality industry. The restaurant and lodging industry comprises 13 percent of North Carolina's workforce making it one of the state's largest employers.


NC HEF's mission includes the following:

  • Provide scholarships to assist individuals in pursuing educational programs in hospitality and tourism
  • Support educational programs through grants and school-to-career programs for those starting out in the industry
  • Develop and provide continuing education programs for those currently in the industry
  • Build North Carolina's hospitality workforce through career exploration and development programs, scholarships and image enhancement

To shape the future of the hospitality industry in North Carolina, the education foundation oversees the ProStart program. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-life experience opportunities, and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. Learn more about North Carolina’s ProStart program.

Learn more about supporting the N.C. Hospitality Education Foundation.


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