Industry judges needed for the 15th annual ProStart Invitational to be held on February 18 & 19 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus. The Invitational consists of two student competitions. The culinary portion includes high school teams preparing a three course meal using only butane burners and no running water or electricity. The management competition includes student teams creating a start-up restaurant concept and presenting their concept in a trade show booth environment to industry representatives. Judges must be available both days.
A new event debuts at this year's Invitational, Burger Battle sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council. Individual and two-student member teams will name and prepare their version of the perfect burger. Judges are needed to see who makes the best burger in Ohio. Contact Patty Halper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.246.0118.
Silent Auction Items Needed
ProStart will conduct a Silent Auction at this year’s Mid-America Restaurant Expo on Jan. 29 & 30, 2017 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
The need is for sought after items, such as event tickets, sports memorabilia, food gift boxes and more. Ohio ProStart is 501(C)3 and your donation may be an eligible tax deduction. If interested in donating an item, please contact Patty Halper at email@example.com 614.246-0118.
Upcoming ProStart Events
The 15th Annual ProStart Invitationalwill be held on Feb. 18 & 19. New student event debuts - Burger Battle sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council late Saturday afternoon on February 18. Intent Form deadline is Nov. 30, 2016.
ProStart Scholarships and Alumni Scholarship deadline is Feb. 28, 2017. Apply here.
Mark your calendar for March 15 - ProStart Career Exploration held at Sysco Cleveland. Industry professionals from the foodservice, health care and hotel and lodging industries will be in attendance to discuss career opportunities. Representatives from area HR departments will provide successful interview tips and the students in attendance will participate in speed mock interviews.
ODE Course Crosswalk Available for the ProStart Foundations Textbooks
New requirements recently unveiled by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) call for all culinary programs to organize in Hospitality and Tourism Career Field courses. The Ohio ProStart program has performed a crosswalk of the newly approved Ohio Department of Education (ODE) course list with the ProStart's Foundations Level 1 and 2 textbooks. Please contact the ORAEF office for additional information.
Polaris Career Center takes home First Place
Earlier this year, our Ohio ProStart team from Polaris Career Center captured top honors in the culinary division of the National ProStart Invitational. We're so proud of all of the students who competed. Congratulations to Penta Career Center for making it to nationals in the management portion!
Ohio ProStart®earns ODE credential
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) listed Ohio ProStart on the Industry-recognized Credential List. The credential list is used for school and district report cards. Industry-recognized credentials can also be used to qualify students in the class of 2018 and beyond for high school graduation. View the ODE list here.
Shop and support ProStart®
When you shop at Amazon.com and Kroger you can help support Ohio ProStart.
Ohio ProStart® has launched, ProStart Job Board. This program is designed to offer ProStart students access to various careers in the foodservice industry or a summer job before continuing their education. Employers are encouraged to submit job openings online at no cost.
ProStart® National Certificate of Achievement (COA) credential
Earning the ProStart credential means that this candidate had demonstrated a strong foundation in the basic management and culinary skills considered critical by industry leaders. In addition to passing two important exams offered by the National Restaurant Association, this candidate has completed at least 400 hours of work in the industry and is well-qualified to begin their career.