ProStart NewsBites April 2020

ProStart Teacher Training Institute–UPDATE

The ProStart Teacher Training Institute (TTI) is scheduled to be held June 22-26, 2020 at Johnson & Wales University’s North Miami Campus. The school year end-date as well as the CDC guidelines may affect this event.

As soon as we can confirm the ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place as scheduled, we will let you know. We will open a new registration link once we have all of the details finalized.

Online Resources Page–UPDATED MATERIALS!

Announcing free e-books and digital resources through June 30!

Free Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts, 2nd edition e-book

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) is providing free FRMCA second edition e-books to our ProStart schools through June 30, 2020. Using the NRAEF ProStart list compiled from this year’s survey results, they will distribute access codes and instructions to each school’s survey responder. Teachers will receive the codes directly on 4/16 or 4/17. Schools using FRMCA 2/e who did not respond to the NRAEF survey this year will not receive this direct e-mail, but may request codes through their FRMCA rep (contact info below) or through

Schools using the first edition of FRMCA can access resources directly from Pearson, and those links are available on the ONLINE RESOURCES PAGE If you are in need of the first edition resources links, you can email NRAEF at and they will send them to you.

ServSafe Manager e-Book and Virtual Learning for ProStart Schools

A free ServSafe Manager e-book specifically for K-12 use will also be accessible via the same access code as FRMCA 2/e.  Our high school teachers will be able to provide access to the ServSafe Manager student e-book for the remainder of the school year to assist with remote learning. If teachers are using video conferencing programs such as Zoom, NRAEF does ask that you do not record your ServSafe instruction. The e-book access for both high school programs will be available only through June 30. After that date, all virtual bookshelf and downloaded instances will expire.

ServSafe Remote Proctoring – Solution in Process

NRAEF is actively pursuing a remote proctoring solution that will become available this month. More updates to come.

ProStart Exam Remote Administration – Updated Guidelines in Link & Deadline Change to June 30, 2020

This is the time of year when many schools start administering their end-of-level ProStart exams.  NRAEF has relaxed the ProStart proctoring requirements to allow for remote proctoring of online exams. There have been updates since the original email, so please see the latest guidance on all NRAEF exam proctoring information including FRMCA at 

Note that these guidelines are in effect for FRMCA through June 30, 2020, not May 31st.

Free COVID-19 Course Training: Takeout and Delivery Available through April 30

At the end of March, the NRAEF released two free training videos in response to COVID-19: ServSafe Takeout: COVID-19 Precautions and ServSafe Delivery: COVID-19 Precautions. These videos are offering to schools as additional digital instructional resources. Each video course is 10 minutes long and available in English and Spanish. Students can register for either course through this link.

CLICK HERE for other resources posted on our ONLINE RESOURCES PAGE.

Florida NRAEF Contact: Liz Rice,

Weekly Cooking Challenge–Tag FRLANews to Win!

We know you are using technology and social media to teach your classes, see your student’s work, and stay connected.  We want you to share some lessons and creations that have come about during this time of social distancing! The FRLAEF is hosting a weekly cooking challenge beginning next week. This is for teachers and students. Parameters are below.

WEEK #1 CHALLENGE FOR TEACHERS: post a cooking or foodsafety demo. This may be any topic you choose and must be under 2 minutes. Post your video no later than Noon on April 24, 2020. Winner will receive a $50 gift card!

WEEK #2 CHALLENGE FOR STUDENTS: post a cooking demo. This may be any topic and must be under 2 minutes. Post your video Monday, April 27 through Noon on May 1, 2020. Winner will receive a $50 gift card! Teachers please forward this info to your students!


WEEK #1: Teachers should begin their video with their name and school (or this may be a screen graphic). Maximum length is 2 minutes. Tag FRLANews and post no later than Noon on April 24. Tech notes: in order for us to see your post your account must be set to public and should be on your actual account (not posted to stories) so your content stays posted longer than 24 hours.

WEEK#2: Students should begin their video with their name (first name is fine) and school (or this may be a screen graphic). Maximum length is 2 minutes. Tag FRLANews and post between April 27 and Noon on May 1. (Teachers please forward this to your students.) Tech notes: in order for us to see your post your account must be set to public and should be on your actual account (not posted to stories) so they stay posted longer than 24 hours.

Facebook & Twitter: tag @FRLANews

Instagram: tag #FRLANews

Prizes will be awarded on the Monday following each weekly challenge. Have fun and good luck!

$180,000 in FRLAEF Scholarships Awarded

The FRLAEF awarded almost 70 scholarships to ProStart and HTMP students this year. Scholarship ranged from $1,000 to $5,000 and were presented during the Salute to Excellence Awards dinner on Sunday, March 8 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.


This scholarship is contingent upon the FRLAEF receiving verification the student has been admitted and enrolled in a post-secondary institution.  This is confirmed when the student emails the FRLAEF the following:

  • Post-Secondary Student ID Number
  • Financial Aid mailing address of their post-secondary school 

The FRLAEF must receive this required documentation no later than June 12, 2020. The FRLAEF scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award.

ServSafe Proctor Update

  • Updated Proctor to Examinee Ratio for Online Exams – ServSafe has made a change to the policy regarding the number of assistant exam proctors required depending on the number of examinees taking the online exams. From now on, if there are more than 15 examinees present, an assistant exam proctor is required to be present, with an extra assistant exam proctor required for every additional 15 examinees. The proctor to examinee ratio for Print exams continues to be 35 examinees per proctor.

Path to Power Series

The Path to Power series profiles executives in the hospitality industry and the career path they took to get there.  These articles were compiled for Florida’s ProStart and HTMP students.

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