The 20th Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute (TTI) will take place June 19-24, 2016. The week-long training provides Florida ProStart instructors with the knowledge necessary to teach the ProStart curriculum. Each day’s learning is built around topics covered in the ProStart curriculum.
All classes will be held at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) North Miami campus, 1701 NE 127th Street, North Miami, Florida, 33181.
The FRLAEF will cover the cost of all Florida ProStart instructors who will be teaching the ProStart curriculum during the 2016-2017 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.
CLICK HERE to register for TTI.
Registration will close on April 15, 2016.
COA How-To & Best Practices
ProStart students are eligible to earn the National ProStart Certificate of Achievement (COA). This Certificate gives students access to national and statewide articulation agreements and scholarship opportunities.
Student must take and pass the Level One and Level Two ProStart Exams.
(If you need help administering ProStart exams or ordering scantrons, click here.)
Student must work at least 400 hours in the foodservice industry. This school year (2015-2016), all 400 of the required work hours may be signed off by the instructors. If the instructor signs off on any hours, the hours signed off on by the instructor must be earned outside of the regular class time (i.e. time not required for the student’s class grade). Practicing for competition or attending a workshop does not count toward the required work hours.
STUDENT MUST REGISTER ON PROSTART WEBSITE
Students must register at the ProStart website. Students need to use their legal name each time they take a ProStart exam. This enables NRAEF to locate their record easily. See article below if student is not seeing both their exams under their name.
Once a student has passed either the Level One or Level Two ProStart exam (Foundations), their COA process officially begins. The student may log in and enter Work Experience Hours (click on image to enlarge):
Students must submit a signed copy of the Work Experience Checklist to the teacher.
Teachers must be registered as a ProStart Educator at the ProStart website. Instructions are in the link above if you have not completed this step. Please note the new section under Educator Services: MANAGE COA’s:
Teachers can search for any student at the school to see the status of a student’s COA application:
COA applications are connected to the teacher who administered the student’s most recent exam.
Teachers must examine and confirm work experience documentation.
Teachers must examine and confirm the student’s Work Experience Checklist to make sure 52 out or 70 competencies were reached.
Teachers then send all documentation to Amy Parker–you may scan and email, fax or mail.
The FRLAEF will be notified whenever an educator has approved a COA application. After reviewing and confirming the documentation, the FRLAEF may approve a student’s COA application. Once the application is approved a certificate will be awarded and mailed directly to the student using the address that student has in his/her profile. Students will receive a reminder to check the address in their profile before the COA is mailed.
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ProStart COA: Help With Merging Student Records
The COA (ProStart Certificate of Achievement) Application System Now Has Simplified Record Merging: One of the biggest challenges with the new online COA Application system was for those students who register, login and don’t see their exam scores in their student profiles. They may now load exam results on their own, in most cases without Service Center assistance. To add the exam records to their “Track COA Progress” page, students will need their Exam Session Number(s) Here’s how it works:
1. The student should log in to the NRAEF website and go to Track COA Progress (in the drop-down menu under “Students”).
2. From that page, if there is a missing exam score, the students should return to the Student tab and then select “Exams” from the dropdown menu.
3. The student should then select “Check My Scores”.
4. On the next page the student can enter the exam session number in that box and then click “Find My Record”. The page will reload and there will be a message confirming that the exam record has been tied to their profiles.
NOTE: If the student’s name in the exam record(s) and the profile created during registration does not match exactly, (i.e. if the student took the exam as Jim Smith and registered as Jimmy Smith), the Service Center will need to facilitate the merge.
The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart instructors to work in a foodservice establishment for at least 40 hours. At the completion of 40 work hours, the Hospitality Industry Internship participant will receive a check for $600 from the FRLAEF. Several ProStart teachers completed an HII during the 2015-2016 school year. We will be sharing some of these teacher’s experiences over the next few months.
First up is Debra Hladky, ProStart teacher at Leto High School in Tampa. Debra worked her HII hours at Rooster & the Till in Tampa. While at the restaurant, she worked in three different positions, Prep Cook, Line Cook and Server Assistant, allowing her to gain both front and back of the house experience. And by gaining experience we mean brush up on her skills–prior to opening the culinary program at Leto High School in 2004, Debra had already worked 16 years in the foodservice industry. So the HII is a great opportunity for those with previous restaurant experience to go back and learn a new skill or perspective.
For Debra, the networking and contacts have put her in an invaluable position to create possible job opportunities for her ProStart students.
The FRLAEF would like to make our monthly NewsBites as relevant to you as we can. Let us know what changes and additions would be most helpful to you!
Click here to take the (quick!) survey.
This year the NRAEF created a new application process designed to be more user-friendly and to help match applicants with the scholarship they are best qualified for. Once logged in, applicants can save their work and resume the application process at any time prior to the application deadline date.
Some scholarships have different deadlines. For example, the Supply Chain Management Scholarship has an application deadline of March, 2016. Please pay attention to deadline dates.
Every applicant will be notified of the status of their application approximately 6-8 weeks from the deadline date.
Click here for the scholarship page that contains a link to all applications.
NRAEF has several useful infographics on their site right now that were developed after a major research study. Detailing the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants, the study offers compelling insight into the sense of pride, optimism and opportunity among the restaurant workforce.
Quick Competition Follow-Up
We appreciate everyone who has completed the ProStart Competition follow-up survey. We use the information gathered in the survey to make next year even better. If you have feedback to share, but haven’t done so yet, please respond to the survey by clicking here.
WebstaurantStore, a leading online restaurant supply store, is offering an annual scholarship to all culinary arts and hospitality students. The winning applicant will receive $1,500 towards the cost of their education.
Attached is a flyer with a brief overview of the scholarship for your reference, but all of the application details and the 2016 essay question are available on our website at http://www.webstaurantstore.com/scholarship.
Application is due by June 15, 2016.
Contact Evan Mellott with any questions:
Evan Mellott | Community Outreach
Summer 2016 Yellowstone National Park Employment Opportunities
For a number of years Yellowstone has had success hiring ProStart students. Yellowstone National Park Lodges is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts and provides services for more than three million visitors who come to Yellowstone National Park each year. They have a multitude of positions within the Food and Beverage industry. Click here for information about their Culinary Apprentice program and Culinary and Hospitality Internship Program.
Along with offering the best backyard in the United States they also offer the following;
Room and Board: Housing is dormitory style and includes utilities, internet, and free laundry. Food is all you can eat/ 3 meals per day. Cost is based on hours work but will not exceed $206.05 per pay check.
Pay: Base wage is $8.75 per hour for entry level positions
Bonus: Applicants receive a $3.00 per day bonus at the completion of their agreement.
New this year starting in mid-September all employees will receive a $2.00 per hour bonus until mid-October.
Apprenticeship: For students pursuing the culinary field we also offer an apprenticeship program.
Transfer Program: Applicants wishing to pursue a career and benefits with Xanterra can request to transfer to one of their other parks or stay on in Yellowstone for their winter season.
When hired, applicants will receive detailed information about their first day of employment, where they arrive and what to expect. They do not pay for travel to Yellowstone but they do pick employees up in Bozeman, Montana if they are traveling by bus or airplane.
The application is available on line at www.yellowstonejobs.com.
Each Premier and Full ProStart program are eligible for free ServSafe materials. To ensure you get the materials you need, you must notify us of your needs. Once we receive your ProStart Classification paperwork, you can order up to $350 of ServSafe materials. Click here for the ServSafe price list. Email Amy Parker to place your order–you do not need to fill out the form. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The FRLAEF will distribute over $43,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2015-2016 school year. Once a school has turned in their ProStart Classification paperwork, email Amy Parker to let her know how many ProStart Exam Scantrons you need. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chipotle is partnering with high school culinary programs to share some of the techniques they use at Chipotle everyday through a series of curated culinary videos.
The video series is part of their commitment to changing the way people think about and eat fast food—an effort that requires fresh ingredients, classical cooking techniques and exceptionally trained people, like the ones whose skills you’re sharpening every day.
For an interactive pdf that contains direct links to the videos, CLICK HERE. There are four culinary videos including Knife Skills, Mise en Place, Managing a Kitchen, and Tasting and Understanding Flavors.
Level One ProStart Exam Correction
A Level Two ProStart question was included in the Level One ProStart (Foundations of Restaurant Management & Culinary Arts) exam. That question has been removed from the Level One exam and replaced. As a result, the Level One exam has been re-issued as a new Exam Form. The new form is currently available on the Educator site. If you have already downloaded the Level One exam, please delete it and get the new exam from the ProStart website.