Courses Offered

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Courses Offered

Pro-Start I

This national credentialing and fundamental food service course allows students to master kitchen basics, such as foodservice equipment, nutrition, breakfast foods, salads and garnishes, and fruits and vegetables. A heavy emphasis is placed on safety and sanitation, including preparing and serving safe food and preventing accidents and injuries. Students learn about successful customer relations and working with people, business math, and controlling foodservice cost. A required, one-credit paid or unpaid 200-hour internship will count toward the National ProStart ® Certificate of Achievement at the conclusion of ProStart® II. English language arts and mathematics are reinforced. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Apprenticeship is not available for this course. Students are eligible to compete at the state and national levels of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and/or ProStart® competitive events. Community service and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

Pro-Start II

In this national credentialing, second level fundamental food service course, students study advanced skills hospitality industry, including tourism and the retail industry, the history of foodservice, and the lodging industry. Advanced food service skills include potatoes and grains, meat, poultry, seafood, stocks, soups and sauces, desserts, and baked goods. Service skills are refined through the art of service and communicating with customers. Students learn purchasing and industry control, standard accounting practices and how to build restaurant sales through marketing and the menu. Students will complete the remainder of a required 400-hour paid or unpaid one-credit internship, which will count toward the National ProStart® Certificate of Achievement. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course include apprenticeship, cooperative education, entrepreneurship, internship, mentorship, school-based enterprise, service learning, and job shadowing. Students are encouraged to compete at the state and national levels of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and/or ProStart® competitive events. Community service and leadership activities provide the opportunity to apply essential standards and workplace readiness skills through authentic experiences.

Certifications Available

Students enrolled in the Pro-Start program will test to obtain certification under the National Restaurants Association's ServSafe program.  This is usually required of all restaurant employees and helps students when applying for food service jobs.