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What is ProStart®?

ProStart® is an STC program develped by the NRA Educational Foundation. 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 national certification.

School-based Components

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.

Work-based Components

All 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.

National Certification

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.

Why Should I Get Involved?

There are dozens of reasons to get involved with ProStart®:

Industry Owners and Operators
  • Access to interested and skilled employees
  • Use mentorships to develop current employees as mentors to students
  • Reduce turnover by motivating staff to be a part of a community-based project
  • Support, mentor training and development provided by the ORA
  • Increase community involvement and public relations
Educators
  • Easy to use, comprehensive teacher materials
  • Support and professional development provided by the ORA and ODCTE
  • Develop partnerships with local industry and businesses
  • Enhance resource materials through national affiliation
Students
  • Experience a fun and interesting class
  • Learn critical workplace skills
  • Develop a personal career portfolio through completion of course work
  • Gain exposure to industry leaders
  • Receive a nationally recognized certification
  • Increase access to college credit and scholarship opportunities

Who in Oklahoma is Involved in ProStart®?

There are many schools already using ProStart®; yours could be next!
  • Autry Technology Center
  • Centennial High School
  • Gordon Cooper Technology Center
  • Great Plains Technology Center
  • Indian Capital High School?
  • Kiamichi Technology Center, Poteau
  • Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater
  • Metro Technology Center, South Bryant
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Northwest Classen High School
  • Northwest Technology Center
  • Northeast Technology Center, Pryor
  • Northwest Technology Center, Fairview
  • OKC Centennial High School
  • Star Spencer High School
  • Tulsa Technology Center, Lemley Campus
  • Tulsa Technology Center, Owasso Campus
  • Western Technology Center

How Can I Get Involved?

To learn more about the ORA's program or to take advantage of these wonderful benefits, contact Chandy Rice at (405) 942-8181 or via email.

 
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What's Happening
11.13.18
Members of the ORA will come together for Hospitality Day at the Capitol, where we will spend time speaking to legislators about issues facing our industry, and then culminate in a fabulous reception with more than 600 members and legislators at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center.
11.19.18
The ORA is pleased to present its 2019-2020 scholarship application. Scholarships are open to OSU HTM and OSUIT students. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.
12.18.18
The goal of ORA Academy is to offer continuing education and professional development to particular demographics of ORA’s membership, specifically Management/Front-of-the-House training and Culinary/Back-of-the-House education. With the exception of the April Academy, all Management sessions will be from 9-11 am and Culinary sessions will be from 1-3 pm, and each session will be $25.
09.21.18
Beginning October 1, first-time applicants applying for an alcohol server license will be required to attend a mandatory ABLE approved training course to receive their license. ServSafe Alcohol, a partnership between the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association, is an on-line training course now approved to meet this new mandate. Receive a 33% discount with code OKALCOHOL.
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