Alaska ProStart® Program
The ProStart® program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Alaska CHARR, is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them. When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies, and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce.
A ProStart® college prep program accomplishes the following:
• Increases industry involvement through mentors and sponsors
• Strengthens educator-industry partnerships
• Attracts quality students to hospitality industry careers
• Allows students to participate in relevant work experiences while meeting the needs of the industry