Program Description

The ProStart program introduces high school students to a wide variety of careers within the restaurant, food service, and hospitality industry. Students will study and practice professional food preparation, preparation of international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control, marketing, and an introduction to aspects of lodging management. Students will build strong culinary, business, management, and workplace skills as a result of their participation in this program. The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) designed the program’s industry driven curriculum.


Available Certifications

National ProStart Certificate of Achievement


Course Sequence

Becoming a Food Service Professional (Level 1)
Becoming a Food Service Professional (Level 2)
Practical Experience as a Food Service Professional


Sample High School Schedule

 9th Grade  10th Grade  11th Grade  12th Grade
 1 Technology Education Requirement Elective Becoming a Food Service Professional (Level 1) Becoming a Food Service Professional (Level 1)
 2 Health/Fitness For Life Requirement Elective Elective Practical Experience as a Food Service Professional
 3 Fine Arts Requirement Financial Literacy
 Elective Elective
 4 Science Requirement Science Requirement Science Requirement Elective
 5 History Requirement History Requirement History Requirement Elective
 6 English Requirement English Requirement English Requirement English Requirement
 7 Math Requirement Math Requirement Math Requirement Math Requirement

 *Note: The schedule above is a sample only. Students should always review course selections with school counselors and refer to the current Charles County Public Schools High School Program of Studies.*


High Schools that Offer the Program
Lackey High School

La Plata High School
McDonough High School
North Point High School
St. Charles High School
Thomas Stone High School
Westlake High School