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The ProStart® program was developed to increase the quality and employability of today's high school restaurant-management and culinary arts graduates by providing them with essential work related skills, as well as career exploration and the opportunity to seek post secondary education.

ProStart is a two-year curriculum for high school juniors and seniors developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Coupled with relevant work-based experiences, this curriculum enriches, enhances, and reinforces what students learn in the classroom and provides students with opportunities to develop the essential skills critical to their future success. By integrating classroom learning with real world job experiences, ProStart provides students to learn important skills including customer service, leadership, teamwork and responsibility.

ORA News

Did you know that we have Local Restaurant Alliances?

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We've moved!

As of July 11, the new ORA office is located at 100 East Campus View Blvd., Ste. 150, Columbus, OH 43235. Please update your contacts with our new address! You can still reach us by phone at (614) 442-3535.

ProStart Job Board

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.


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Celebration of the Stars Banquet​

On May 7, twenty-one ProStart students were awarded almost $50,000 in scholarships. Thank you to our generous scholarship donors and to our presenting sponsors which include:

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