Results of the15th Annual ProStart Invitational & Burger Battle
This weekend's event featured a total of 35 culinary, restaurant management and Burger Battle teams competing for top honors as well as a total of 60 talented and very experienced industry judges.
The team from Polaris Career Center placed first in the culinary competition for a record eighth consecutive year. Penta Career Center repeated top honors in the management competition and the team from Jane Addams Business Careers Center won the first annual Burger Battle for their Ohio Beef Burger creation.
Both Polaris and Penta will go on to represent Ohio ProStart at the National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina in April. The top teams won scholarship dollars and in some cases, cash prizes. For more results, click here.
Upcoming ProStart Events
ProStart Scholarships and Alumni Scholarship deadline is Feb. 28, 2017. Apply here. NRAEF offers a variety of scholarships with a April 1, 2017 deadline, click here for details.
ProStart educators are encouraged to apply for NRAEF Summer Institute grants. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2017. Please visit NRAEFEducators.AwardSpring.com.
SOLD OUT -1st Annual ProStart Career Exploration event held at Sysco Cleveland. A waiting list will be established if interested in attending.
ProStart Silent Auction at Expo
ProStart's Silent Auction at this year’s Mid-America Restaurant Expo in late January generated over $1,000 for the program's operations.
Thank you to the following companies for their donations, Cafe On Main, Mabel's BBQ, Pickwick & Frolick, Outback, Sysco, and Victory.
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.