ProStart is a two-year educational program supported by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in partnership with state restaurant associations. The career-building program blends classroom learning with mentored work experience to teach high school students the management and culinary skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry.
When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and work at least 400 hours in the industry, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce. Currently there are three Iowa high schools who use the ProStart program—Waukee, Des Moines Central Campus and Davenport Central.
ProStart students gain experience and recognition in several ways:
For more information on the ProStart program, visit www.prostart.restaurant.org.
ProStart is supported across the country by state and national donors. To learn more about the national program check out the NRAEF website. To support Iowa's program contact the Iowa Restaurant Education Foundation at 515-276-1454.