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ProStart® is a nationwide, two-year high school program that reaches nearly 150,000 students in more than 1,900 high schools across 50 states, Guam and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and the Pacific. In Virginia alone, ProStart reaches 3,900+ students learning from 75 educators in 55 high schools.

What Exactly is ProStart?

ProStart is the career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and restaurant and foodservice management. Throughout an exciting two-year period, they study in the classroom, participate in mentored work experiences, and test their skills in local and national competitions. Most importantly, ProStart students grow into the leaders our industry needs. 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.

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Who Does ProStart Benefit?

ProStart is an excellent career starter for high school students, an exciting teaching opportunity for educators, a truly rewarding experience for ProStart coordinators, a chance to share practical knowledge for mentors, and a smart investment in the future for ProStart partners. High school and collegiate educators are shaping the future of the industry; they are passionate and dedicated individuals who provide the knowledge, demonstrate the skills and share the experience needed to be a professional in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Why ProStart Matters

From 2008 to 2018, the number of jobs in the restaurant and foodservice industry grew by 2 million. That included approximately 47,000 management positions. But ProStart has answered the challenge. For 15 years, ProStart has been providing high school students with the training they need to be successful in the restaurant industry.

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Get Involved!

Choose to be a key player in the future of this industry, where you can inspire young people, offer avenues for advancement, and tell the world about the endless opportunities available in the restaurant industry.

  • Mentor ProStart Students - Engage with ProStart by visiting a ProStart classroom, hosting a field trip at your restaurant or offices, or observing students in the kitchen.
  • Hire a ProStart Student or Alumni - ProStart students know culinary arts and restaurant management essentials. They're dependable, natural leaders and are eager to learn.
  • Sponsor a Team - Give a ProStart team the opportunity to compete for scholarships at the National ProStart Invitational.
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For more information, contact Jim Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Preferred Partners

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