The ProStart Program

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. 

 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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ProStart Certificate of Achievement

Students who have completed the requirements of the Prostart program are awarded an industry-recognized certificate - the Prostart National Certificate of Achievement.

Students who receive the certificate are eligible for NRAEF scholarship opportunities and course credits at some of the country's leading hospitality and culinary arts colleges and universities. 

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Your restaurant career starts with ProStart

The ProStart program can give you a jump start to your restaurant or foodservice career. Learn the basics like knife skills and food costing in your ProStart class and gain real-world experience with a restaurant job. 

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Apply For The Rachael Ray Foundation's ProStart Grow Grant

ProStart high schools across the country have the chance to win up to $375,000 in funding to build or grow their classrooms with help from The Rachael Ray Foundation.
 
Through The Rachael Ray Foundation Grow Grant, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation will provide funding for up to five deserving schools.

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National ProStart Invitational

The National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) is the country’s premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts.

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Teaching ProStart how to succeed in restaurants

ProStart educators provide students with the education they need to enter into a successful foodservice career. 

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ProStart State and National Competitions

See the future of the industry in action. State competitions begin in January.
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ProStart students make great hires

Connecting industry with ProStart students is integral to the program's success. 

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