ProStart New Teachers Seminar

Date: Thursday, August 6
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Attendance is mandatory for new ProStart Teachers

Learn all the basics of a successful ProStart program.   Teachers will receive an informative notebook containing various resources to implement the culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum.   Register Here!


Ohio ProStart Instructor captures National Award

Barbara Hummer wins James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award

Ohio ProStart® Teacher Barbara Hummer of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is one of two educators in the nation to win the prestigious James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award given by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) and Golden Corral.  Hummer was awarded the prize and $5,000 on May 14 in Chicago along with Nathaniel Bradshaw from Connecticut. 

The James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award was established in 2003 in commemoration of Golden Corral's 30th anniversary and as a tribute to James Maynard, the company's chairman and founder. Bradshaw and Hummer were selected from the group of 38 ProStart Educator Excellence Award winners for 2015. 

"It is because of the commitment of educators like Nathaniel Bradshaw and Barbara Hummer that these students are able to realize not only the career options available in the industry, but their potential to achieve greatness in doing something they love,” said Judy Irwin, senior vice president, human resources and training for Golden Corral.

Earlier this year Hummer was named 2015 Ohio ProStart Teacher of Excellence at the Ohio ProStart® GFS Invitational by the Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF). This award recognizes an outstanding educator who has made a significant contribution to the Ohio ProStart program, their school and the community.  

 “Hummer’s dedication to teaching and love of her students really shows,” said ORAEF Executive Director Patricia Halper. “She has been a teacher for more than 30 years and has been a ProStart teacher for the past nine years. This national award is an accumulation of a wonderful and deserving teacher career as Hummer has decided to retire at the end of this school year.”  Congratulations Barbara on this well-deserved honor.

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Ohio Team Places Third at National ProStart Invitational  

Congratulations is extended to Polaris Career Center  of Middleburg Heights for capturing third place honors in the culinary division at the recent National ProStart Invitational held last week in Anaheim.  The National ProStart Invitational® is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts excellence. A total of 89 teams and over 400 students from around the world competed for top honors.   

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, competed in the restaurant management competition at the National ProStart Invitational. This competition challenged management teams to develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Their presentation was flawless as they proudly represented the state of Ohio.

The top five teams from the culinary and management competitions were awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

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Celebration of the Stars 

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Twenty four of the top Ohio ProStart students received approximately $65,000 in scholarships at the Celebration of the Stars Banquet. First through fifth place teams in both the culinary arts and restaurant management from the Ohio ProStart Invitational held earlier this year were honored as well.

Barbara Hummer from Cuyahoga Valley Career Center was recognized as the 2015 Teacher of Excellence. An award presented annually to a teacher for outstanding contributions to the ProStart program and its students.

Thank you to our program and scholarship donors.  

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