National ProStart Invitational Culinary Champions celebrate their win
Polaris Career Center and their winning students along with their chef instructor, his wife, ORA/EF staff of John Barker, Patty Halper and Marty Nagele celebrated their impressive win at the National competition which was held earlier in May. They dined in fashion at one of the hottest spots in downtown Cleveland, Lola.
The evening included appetizers, dinner and two rounds of desserts. The Cleveland air was a buzz as the Indians had a home game and then the Cavs were playing away in the first game of the NBA Finals. There was no better place to be.
Thank you is extended to Sam Lindsley, Chief Operating Officer at Michael Symon Restaurants and the excellent staff at Lola's for a first class evening these ProStart students will not soon forget.
Polaris Career Center takes home first place
On Sunday night in Grapevine, Texas, our Ohio ProStart team from Polaris Career Center won first place in the culinary division of the National ProStart Invitational. We're so proud of all of the students who competed. Congrats to Penta Career Center for making it to nationals in the management portion!
Employ a ProStart student and get reimbursed
The Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program offers students between the ages of 16-18 that are a high school junior or senior an opportunity to explore potential careers and gain valuable work experience in a professional environment. This opportunity can be advantageous to employers as they can be reimbursed for 50% of the intern’s wages by completing an application available on the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) website. A requirement for reimbursement is that a student must work a minimum of at least 20 weeks and 200 hours to pursue this internship with an employer. There is a budget of $1,000,000 in funding for this program from the license fees of casino facilities and when the money is gone so is the employer reimbursement so you will need to act quickly. The application deadline is May 16, 2016.
This wage reimbursement would allow for a relatively low risk employment opportunity for both you and the student. ProStart students know the industry, have the necessary skills and need to work to earn their credential, a Certificate of Achievement (COA), industry credential.
The opportunities extend beyond just culinary programs, including accounting, retail, human resources, office management and more. For additional information about this program and its requirements, click here. The program contact is Edward King of the Office of Strategic Business Investments at (614) 644-6546 or at Edward.King@development.ohio.gov.
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.
First, register with www.smile.amazon.com and select Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation. You will receive a confirmation email that Amazon will make a donation as a result of your purchase. To support the ORAEF, you will need to shop atwww.smile.amazon.com. and not the amazon.com website.
You can also register your Kroger Plus card at www.Kroger.comand select #21287 for our program and a portion of the proceeds will go to ORAEF.
Ohio ProStart® has launched an ONLINE CAREER FAIR. This is a pilot program 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.