Colorado ProStart® is a junior/senior high school hospitality education program of the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, Colorado Restaurant Association, and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The program is a restaurant/hospitality management, culinary arts, and business economics curriculum that provide for high school and college academic credit, scholarships, and a paid work experience opportunities for students.
The Colorado ProStart Program currently serves more than 900 students from 27 high schools across Colorado. The ProStart® program currently provides high school and college academic credit through Metropolitan State University of Denver, ProStart® Post -Secondary Passport, scholarships, and employment opportunities.
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By bringing industry into the classroom, ProStart® gives students a platform to discover new career opportunities by providing hands-on training and industry experience.
The curriculum includes all facets of the industry, setting a high standard of excellence for students and industry. By completing ProStart Level 1 & II, students master fundamental management and culinary skills needed for success – like leadership, accountability, teamwork and responsibility – which they can take with them to positions in all industries.
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Every year the ProStart® Invitational and Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition highlights the power of the ProStart® program, showcasing the culinary techniques and management skills of tomorrow's workforce leaders. Students compete at the state level for a chance to move on to the national competition, where they vie for more than $850,000 in scholarship opportunities.
While classroom experience is necessary to learn the foundational culinary and management skills, nothing beats real-life experience gained by working in the industry. Under the direction of an industry mentor, ProStart® students make the connection between classroom academics and industry work experience.