Academy of Culinary Arts faculty member Mindy Wygonik has received a certificate of appreciation for her participation in the ManageFirst Examinations Item Writing Drive held October 15–17, 2012, at the National Restaurant Association offices in Chicago, Illinois.
The national writing meeting was charged with writing new items for ManageFirst examinations. Wygonik, who was recruited in December 2011 to serve as an author/subject matter expert for the new edition of the ManageFirst program, was invited to participate in the national meeting based upon the quality of her work and level of participation in the program.
Created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ManageFirst is a training program that teaches students “the key competencies they need to begin or advance their management careers” in the hospitality industry.
The program curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including controlling foodservice costs, hospitality and restaurant management, human resources management and supervision, sanitation, customer service, food production, inventory and purchasing, managerial accounting, menu marketing and management, nutrition, and restaurant marketing.
Wygonik teaches computer and business courses to culinary students at the Academy of Culinary Arts. She was honored to participate in the ManageFirst writing meeting, and believes her selection is a testament to her dedication to the Culinary Arts program at IUP and the hospitality industry as a whole.