Providing High School Students the Necessary Skills To Be Future Restaurant and Foodservice Leaders

Model Summary

The ProStart program is a nationwide, industry-driven career and technical education program for high school students interested in pursuing a career in the foodservice industry. Through two years of classroom instruction and 400 hours of paid training, students learn the essential tools and techniques of the industry, including safety, food preparation, cooking, nutrition, ordering, inventory, restaurant management and marketing.

Key Elements of the Model

  • Restaurant industry work experience
  • Industry-recognized credentials
  • Credit hours
  • Career awareness and exploration of the foodservice industry
  • Transferable interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
  • Common employability skills
  • Mentorship and relationship building with foodservice professionals