In today’s rapidly evolving hospitality industry, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for success. Fortunately, the New Mexico Restaurant Association (NMRA) and the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation (HIEF) are leading the way in providing top-notch education, training, and support for professionals in our industry. Here are some reminders of the education, training & support offered by NMRA & HIEF.

NMRA’s Hospitality Business School

One of the newest education offerings from NMRA is our Hospitality Business School. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in various roles within the industry. This 10-week, fully virtual program gives participants the best practices of people management and business finances to improve their business immediately.

The Hospitality Business School’s dedication to excellence is evident through its well-structured programs, experienced instructors, and collaborative training opportunities. Participants can expect to gain practical insights and valuable expertise, making them highly successful in their current role and competitive in the job market.

Certified Online Employee Training

This year we also introduced a cutting-edge employee training program. In today’s digital age, flexibility and accessibility are key. NMRA recognizes this and offers Certified Online Employee Training to cater to the needs of individuals and businesses. This online platform allows your employees to access high-quality training materials from anywhere, at any time. It’s an ideal solution for employers seeking to provide continuous training for their staff.

The certified courses cover a wide range of topics, from back-of-the-house procedures to front-of-the-house customer service, ensuring that employees are well-prepared to deliver exceptional experiences to customers.

Take a Class with NMRA

Don’t forget, as always, NMRA’s commitment to education extends to a variety of online & in-person classes as well. We offer various certification classes for people who need the required food safety and alcohol serving credentials for employment and those who want to advance their careers in the restaurant industry. Our Food Safety, Alcohol Server, and Sexual Harassment Certification are all offered through the nationally recognized leader training, ServSafe.

HIEF: Empowering the Industry’s Future through Workforce Development

We’d also like to take a minute to remind you all of the philanthropic arm of NMRA, The Hospitality Industry Education Foundation. HIEF is focused on empowering the future of the hospitality industry. HIEF plays a pivotal role in supporting scholarships, workforce development initiatives, and community outreach programs.

By investing in the next generation of hospitality professionals, HIEF ensures a vibrant and thriving industry for years to come. Their dedication to education and training is an investment in the industry’s growth and sustainability.

ProStart Program: Cultivating Future Culinary and Hospitality Stars

NMRA’s commitment to education extends to the ProStart Program, a dynamic initiative aimed at cultivating the culinary and hospitality stars of tomorrow. ProStart is integrated into the high school curriculum, providing students with a professional start in the world of culinary arts and hospitality management. It equips them with the fundamental skills needed for success in these competitive fields. ProStart not only educates but also offers opportunities for students to compete for scholarships. HIEF hosts a ProStart competition that challenges students to showcase their culinary talents and knowledge, opening doors to further education and rewarding careers. NMRA, in collaboration with industry partners, ensures that ProStart students have access to valuable resources, mentorship, and opportunities for growth within the hospitality industry.

We would like to remind restaurants to get involved with your local ProStart high school to have access to these talented students as your future workforce.

Serving NM Fund: Supporting Hospitality Professionals

We also want to remind everyone about our Serving NM Fund for employees of member organizations facing economic hardship. The Serving NM Fund is a lifeline for hospitality professionals facing unexpected challenges, providing financial assistance to help them navigate difficult times. By contributing to the Serving NM Fund, you join a community of hospitality professionals committed to supporting one another and ensuring the industry’s resilience. This year NMRA won the Community Service Award from the New Mexico Society of Association Executives for the Serving NM Fund and our efforts during COVID and the recent wildfires.

In a dynamic and ever-evolving industry like hospitality, the future belongs to those who embrace continuous learning and growth. NMRA and HIEF stand as beacons of support and opportunity, providing the education, training, and assistance needed to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. From the innovative Hospitality Business School to the accessible Certified Online Employee Training and the ProStart Program nurturing the stars of tomorrow, we are committed to your success. The Serving NM Fund embodies our unwavering commitment to our community, ensuring that no one faces adversity alone. Together, we shape a resilient and thriving industry, where knowledge, compassion, and dedication are the guiding principles. Join us on this journey towards excellence and prosperity in the hospitality world.