ProStart NewsBites January 2020

UPDATE–NRAEF Data Collection (Fall Survey)

Due to numerous website issues, the NRAEF is going to reopen the Data Collection site during the week of January 13. The database will close permanently, for the 2019-2020 school year, on January 17.

For those of you who have not completed/been able to complete the survey, the FRLAEF will send out a reminder this Friday which is right before the survey opens. For those of you that have had challenges with your user names, we will email you on Monday, January 13 with your correct username and the instructions to log in.

Keep in mind that in order to retain your Premier or Full ProStart Program status, you MUST complete the survey. We will do all we can to help you get it completed!

FRLAEF Scholarship Application NOW OPEN!

The FRLAEF will award approximately $180,000 in scholarships during the 2019-2020 school year! These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application link is below. Please share with all your graduating seniors who are going to post secondary school to study anything in the field of Culinary, Foodservice or Hospitality.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Application deadline: January 31, 2020

Nominate Someone NOW for the 2020 Pineapple Award!

The FRLAEF Pineapple Award recognizes one ProStart teacher as having demonstrated a commitment to the ProStart program through dedication to ProStart students. Forward the nomination link to your principal, your fellow teachers, your business partners so they can nominate YOU!

Anyone may nominate a ProStart teacher they feel deserves this recognition using the following criteria:

  • ProStart Teacher must have taught the ProStart curriculum at least one year


ProStart Competition Teams: Paperwork due THIS MONTH

For those schools selected to compete in the 2020 ProStart Competitions–your paperwork is due no later than January 31, 2020. This paperwork includes the online School Entry Form, Participant Waivers for each student, and proof that each student is a junior or senior.

Paperwork was emailed to each teacher individually in October. Please let us know if we need to resend to you.

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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Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida ProStart & HTMP instructors to work in a foodservice/lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the 2019-2020 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Complimentary Foodsafety Materials

Each Premier and Full ProStart program is eligible for free ServSafe or SafeStaff 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/SafeStaff materials. Click here for the 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.

Complimentary ProStart Scantrons

The FRLAEF will distribute over $25,000 worth of free ProStart Exam Scantrons to Premier and Full ProStart schools during the 2019-2020 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.

ProStart Teacher Training Institute–Save the Date

The 24th Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute will take place in June 21-26, 2020. 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 2020-2021 school year. Attendees will be responsible for their travel and some meals.


Online registration will begin Spring 2020.

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