ProStart® is a nationwide, culinary arts high school program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. The program 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.
The ProStart Program of Study focuses on the skills needed for a successful employment in a restaurant environment but has applicability for students interested in culinary nutrition, dietary services, and child nutrition services. ProStart curriculum integrates performance-based learning with academics, entrepreneurship, and technology skills to prepare students for successful employment in the 21st Century.
Students are given the opportunity to earn scholarships by participating in the Hospitality Cup, West Virginia’s State ProStart Invitational, and SkillsUSA student organization.