Colorado Prostart®

Colorado ProStart® is a junior/senior high school hospitality education program of the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, Colorado Restaurant Association, and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. The program is a restaurant/hospitality management, culinary arts, and business economics curriculum that provide for high school and college academic credit, scholarships, and a paid work experience opportunities for students.

The Colorado ProStart Program currently serves hundreds of students at 40 high schools across Colorado. The ProStart program currently provides high school and college academic credit through Metropolitan State University of Denver, ProStart Post -Secondary Passport, scholarships, and employment opportunities.

Hear about the benefits of enrolling in Colorado ProStart from students, teachers, mentors and alumni:

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Stay up to date on legislative issues important to our industry, connect with the Colorado hospitality community, and take advantage of significant member resources and savings. 

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Hands-on Learning

By bringing industry into the classroom, ProStart® gives students a platform to discover new career opportunities by providing hands-on training and industry experience.

The curriculum includes all facets of the industry, setting a high standard of excellence for students and industry. By completing ProStart Level 1 & II, students master fundamental management and culinary skills needed for success – like leadership, accountability, teamwork and responsibility – which they can take with them to positions in all industries.

Serving Up Scholarships to Earn Money for College

The CRF wants to put you on the path towards achieving your dreams. Through a variety of partner organizations and individuals in the industry, CRF offers scholarships to our graduating Colorado ProStart® students.

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Colorado ProStart® Invitational & Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition

Every year the ProStart® Invitational and Sysco Denver Hospitality Cup Competition highlights the power of the ProStart® program, showcasing the culinary techniques and management skills of tomorrow's workforce leaders. Students compete at the state level for a chance to move on to the national competition, where they vie for more than $850,000 in scholarship opportunities.

Real-Life Experience

While classroom experience is necessary to learn the foundational culinary and management skills, nothing beats real-life experience gained by working in the industry. Under the direction of an industry mentor, ProStart® students make the connection between classroom academics and industry work experience.

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