• Culinary Arts

    ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement
    National Restaurant Association Educational Program

    ProStart is a career-building program for high school students who are interested in culinary arts and restaurant and foodservice management. Throughout an exciting two-year period, they study in the classroom, participate in mentored work experiences, and test their skills in local and national competitions. Most importantly, ProStart students grow into the leaders our industry needs.

    From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart's industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. By bringing industry and the classroom together, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents and opens doors for fulfilling careers. It all happens through a curriculum that teaches all facets of the restaurant and foodservice industry, inspires students to succeed and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.
    In the classroom or on the job, ProStart graduates have met every challenge. The ProStart National Certificate of Achievement is proof that these graduates are ready to take the next step in their careers in one of America’s largest industries.

    In order to earn this Certificate, students must pass National Restaurant Association Solutions’ Year 1 and Year 2 exams, and complete 400 hours of mentored work experience.
    Students who earn their ProStart National Certificate of Achievement are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.


    The ProStart curriculum is taught in the Culinary Arts Academy at Valley High School