While classroom experience is necessary to learn the foundational culinary and management skills, nothing beats real-life experience gained by working in the industry. ProStart® students learn how to be an industry professional through hands-on work under the direction of a mentor. Mentors help students make the connection between their present performance and their future career.
Real-Life Experience Benefits
During mentored work experiences, ProStart students master the skills that industry experts identified as critical to success, such as:
Students also learn the importance of arriving on time prepared for work, teamwork and accountability.
ProStart National Certificate of Achievement
By completing 400 hours of real-life work experience, students meet the work experience requirements needed to earn the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement .
Find out how you can get started with real-life experience as a mentor or student.