To shape the future of the hospitality industry in North Carolina, the education foundation oversees the ProStart® program. 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.
ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. By bringing industry and classroom together, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents and opens doors for fulfilling careers. It all happens through a curriculum that teaches all facets of the restaurant and foodservice industry, inspires students to succeed and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.
The ProStart program is used in more than 1,700 high schools in 50 states, Guam and on U.S. military bases, and reaches nearly 100,000 secondary students annually. Many post-secondary schools in the nation recognize ProStart’s Certificate of Achievement, which is awarded to students who complete both levels of the program and at least 400 hours of work experience, and reward them with credit toward their degree programs.