What is Oklahoma ProStart®?
Oklahoma ProStart® is a school-to-career program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Oklahoma ProStart® is designed to introduce juniors and seniors to careers in the foodservice industry. Through classroom activities, internships, and comprehensive exams, students have the chance to earn
Oklahoma ProStart® is typically integrated into existing family & consumer science or career and technology education courses. The 2-year course includes classroom study utilizing professionally developed materials. Course materials include textbooks, student workbooks and exercises, videos, transparencies, and hands-on food preparation activities. The entire curriculum meets national skill standards and competencies specific to the hospitality industry and is approved and supported by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
All Oklahoma ProStart® students are encouraged to complete a 400-hour paid, mentored internship and must complete it to earn the national certification. Students will typically work 10-20 hours per week in a variety of positions to develop a wide range of skills. A workplace mentor is assigned to meet with the student for approximately 30 minutes each week to provide on-going performance feedback, to review the ProStart® Competency Checklist and to connect classroom learning to actual job responsibilities.
The ProStart® Certificate is awarded by the Educational Foundation of the NRA based on the student successfully completing both the academic and the work components of the ProStart® program. The certificate shows the industry that a student is motivated and interested in success. Certification is a major step that a student takes toward furthering his or her career.
Oklahoma ProStart® Student Invitational
The ProStart® Student Invitational competition will showcase the culinary and academic talents of more than 200 ProStart® students from high schools and technology centers across the state. The highlight of the Student Invitational is students participating in a team competition-style format in both the culinary and management competition. The winning teams from each competition will be awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals and scholarships to pursue post-secondary education. The winning high school teams in the culinary and management competition will represent Oklahoma at the national competition in Washington, DC in May. Industry professionals are also involved as team coaches and judges during the event. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Any ProStart® student interested in competing should contact their high school or technology center instructor for more details.
Why Should I Get Involved?
There are dozens of reasons to get involved with Oklahoma ProStart®:
Industry Owners and Operators
Who's Involved in Oklahoma ProStart®?
There are many Oklahoma schools already using ProStart®; yours could be next!
How Can I Get Involved?
Incorporating ProStart® into your school is a simple process, beginning with the school purchase of ProStart® textbooks. Once the ProStart® curriculum is introduced in the classroom, teachers and students will receive support from ORA, including connecting the school to an industry mentor, providing scholarship opportunities, hosting the state competition, and offering professional development opportunities to educators. There is no annual fee or financial obligation. The level of support ORA offers a school depends on how active the school is in the ProStart® program. To learn more about the ORA's program or to take advantage of these wonderful benefits, contact Jim Hopper at (405) 942-8181 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.