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'RISE Up!' program seeks to build professional skills to benefit both individuals & eateries


Tue, Jun 29th 2021 10:50 am

Western New York restaurants and hospitality businesses are experiencing an extreme shortage of workers. This unprecedented challenge is afflicting hospitality businesses throughout the world. SUNY Buffalo State, with its experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, has created a program to help.

“RISE UP!” (restaurants ignite skills and education) is a 10-day bootcamp that provides needed training in professional restaurant skills. The program, managed by the SUNY Buffalo State Office of Continuing Professional Studies in collaboration with the SUNY Buffalo State department of hospitality and tourism, the college’s Small Business Development Center and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12-23 on the Buff State campus.

Participants will be trained in the college’s culinary facilities and historic Campus House in both hard and soft skill development, menu trends and effective utilization of kitchen tools – including a full day on knives. Plus, each participant will have the opportunity to achieve SERV Safe Food Handling Certification. Further, along with college faculty, presenters will include some the area’s most well-known and accomplished chefs. And for good measure, BSC hospitality department alumni will participate in a “Chef’s Fashion Show.” The program culminates with an opportunity for participants to interview with local restaurant owners and managers.

Registration is limited to 16 individuals. For more information about the program, application, and registration fees, visit www.continuingstudies.buffalostate.edu.

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