Thursday, December 17

SU Ag Center Partners with the St. James High School ProStart Program

SU Ag Center Nutrition Educator for Ascension and St. James Parish, Lisa Weber (in red shirt on the second row), poses for  a photo with  the Nutrition and Foods class at St. James High School. 

Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Ag Center’s Ascension and St. James Parish Nutrition Educator, Lisa Weber, discussed the principles of food safety and lean proteins at St. James High School. The presentation was held during Mrs. Rachel Schexnayder’s Nutrition and Foods class on December 2, 2015. Students participated in a class discussion and games testing their subject knowledge.  

The Nutrition and Food course is a part of the state funded, Louisiana ProStart Graduation Pathway– A JumpStart Program. The ProStart Pathway curriculum prepares 9th-12th graders for careers in nutrition and dietetics, food service management, food science and technology, hospitality and tourism and the culinary arts.

Core courses include: Advanced Nutrition and Foods, Agricscience and Leadership Development, Baking and Pastry Arts, Meat Processing, Culinary Occupations, Food Science and ServSafe test prep.

Upon completion of the curriculum, students will receive the National Restaurant Association’s ProStart National Certificate of Achievement and a ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certificate.

For information on the Southern University Ag Center’s nutrition programs, e-mail or visit

(Article written by Ellen C. McKnight, SU Ag Center Extension Associate - Nutrition, Evaluation & Publication.)


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