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What is ProStart®?

Feeding Dreams. Building Futures.

ProStart is the career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and foodservice management. This is your first step towards promising careers in the hospitality industry. ProStart gives you the exciting opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and managing restaurants by training with professional chefs and getting valuable classroom instruction. It’s also a way to earn college credit and make money while you’re in high school.

Nebraska ProStart program helps high school students get a taste for success in an industry hungry for talent. Nebraska ProStart has 50+ high schools with more than 700 students are enrolled. In addition, nearly 125 students have taken part in a 400-hour internship program. Ninety percent of our graduated ProStart students either continue their education or start jobs in the hospitality industry.

ProStart is a two year program for high school juniors and seniors.  Students delve into everything from management skills, the preparation of soups and sauces to sanitation, accounting, inventory control and customer service.

These classes are taught in the high school classroom and are reinforced through paid internships in local restaurants.

Mentors are seasoned restaurant employees who take a special interest in a young person and help them reach established goals.

ProStart® is a registered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The logo appearing next to ProStart is a trademark of the National Restaurant Association.

© 2021 National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. All rights reserved

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WHAT YOU GAIN
  • PAID WORK EXPERIENCE
  • MARKETABLE SKILLS
  • OPPORTUNITIES TO RECEIVE HIGHER PAYING JOBS
  • FUNDING FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION
  • EDUCATION ABOUT FOOD SERVICE CAREERS, AND POST SECONDARY EDUCATION OPTIONS
  • A PORTFOLIO OF SKILLS THAT CAN LEAD TO MORE CHALLENGING AND HIGHER PAYING CAREERS
  • AN INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATE FROM THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
  • SELF-CONFIDENCE RESPECT, AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY
     
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS
  • The 2022 National Restaurant Association Show
    Chicago
    May 21, 2022, 7:00 PM – May 24, 2022, 11:00 PM
    Chicago, 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
    The National Restaurant Association, Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is open to professionals involved in the restaurant, foodservice, and hospitality industry.
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We invite you to help with the Nebraska ProStart Student Competition. The Nebraska ProStart® Student Competition, presented by the Nebraska Restaurant Association Hospitaltiy Education Foundation, attracts top high school students from around the state that are enrolled in the ProStart® restaurant and food service management program. The overall winning team will represent Nebraska at the National ProStart® Student Invitational.

FOR MORE ABOUT SPONSORSHIP, 

CONTACT

ZOE OLSON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

info@nebraskadining.org

The mission of the Nebraska ProStart® Student Competition:

  • Celebrate the academic achievements of ProStart® students and to provide them with the opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of skills achieved through working with industry.

  • Increase awareness about careers in the restaurant and Food Service industry.

  • Promote the difference the industry is making in education, and particularly in the lives of students.

  • Provide the restaurant and foodservice industry and post-secondary education partners with a forum to present to and recruit ProStart students.

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