ProStart NewsBites June 2017

ProStart Second Edition Prices Available


  • Instructor resources will be available online and will include additional features
  • MasterCook, an online recipe library software, will be complimentary with purchase of the new edition textbooks
  • eBook version for both textbooks
  • Separate answer sheet and vouchers for 2e (Second Edition) Foundations
  • All product is expected to be ready to ship on July 6, 2017

CLICK HERE for price sheet.

CLICK HERE for general information on the new edition as well as cover photos, chapter titles and more.

CLICK HERE and HERE for sample chapters.

We will share more details as they become available.

James Brock Scholarship

If you have students that will attend Daytona State College, Florida International University, Florida State University or University of Central Florida in the fall, they are eligible to apply for the James Brock Scholarship. This scholarship is available for your graduating seniors and for former students as well.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must:

  • Be enrolled at Daytona State College, Florida International University, Florida State University, or University of Central Florida
    • Be entering or continuing in a culinary or hospitality post-secondary program — Fall 2017 term
    • Return an OFFICIAL transcript to FRLAEF by application deadline

The scholarship amount fluctuates from year to year. The typical scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $2,500. This is a one-time, non-renewable award.

Application deadline: Friday, July 21, 2017

Applicants notified award status by: Friday, September 22, 2017

CLICK HERE for the online application


ProStart teachers have expressed interest in beginning their Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) in the summer. Due to our grant cycle, we are unable to begin the application process until July. So Be On the Lookout (BOLO) for the application link some time in July.

There will be no application deadline–we will take applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. We will give HII awardees until March 2018 to finish their Internship.


To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the ProStart/HTMP curriculum during the 2017-2018 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 also be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The 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 HII participant will complete a Work Activities Report and Restaurant/Hotel Confirmation Form. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600 from the FRLAEF. Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award letter from the FRLAEF.

The application link will come by email. If you are unable to receive your school email during the summer and are interested in this opportunity, please send Amy Parker your personal email address.

ProStart Teacher Training Institute–See You This Month!

We look forward to seeing all registered teachers at the 21st Annual ProStart Teacher Training Institute (TTI) June 18-23, 2017 at Johnson & Wales University, Miami campus.

The agendas will be finalized soon and emailed to participants, along with driving directions, lab attire and general guidelines.

The FRLAEF, along with its sponsors, cover the cost of the training, dorm stay and some meals. Travel to and from the event is on your own. If you are booking a flight to TTI, plan on arriving Sunday afternoon or evening (June 18). The training begins with breakfast at 6:30 AM Monday, June 19. On Friday, June 23 the week will conclude with a 40-question exam. Based on our experience, you should be finished testing by 2:00 PM but you may take as long as you need.

Returning attendees–don’t forget your knife kits! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Laura or Amy.

FRLAEF Scholarship Award Winners–DEADLINE THIS MONTH

Please remind your FRLAEF and HTMP Competition Scholarship winners they have until June 16, 2017 to send us the required information to redeem their scholarship.

SCHOLARSHIP REDEMPTION  Student must be pursuing a degree in culinary arts or hospitality.  This scholarship is contingent upon the FRLAEF receiving verification you are enrolled in a post-secondary institution.  This is confirmed when you email us your Student ID Number and the Financial Aid mailing address of your school. Once we receive the verification, we will mail your scholarship check to your school and they will deposit it into your account.

ProStart Exam Changes

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has made a number of changes to the ProStart exam administration process.

Both the Level 1 and Level 2 exams are now available in Spanish.  For online exams, an educator giving the exam in both English and Spanish will need to schedule 2 exams—one in each language.

Online exams now have to be closed out individually by the proctor. This will eliminate students accidentally closing their exam before they are finished.  If the proctor doesn’t have time to close out each exam during the class, they will time out 24 hours from the launch. That means that students could return later in the day and finish their exams, if necessary.

Online exams have been re-designed to be easier to navigate, with clearer language and layout.

There are new roles for all educators. To avoid confusion on exam day, educators should visit the website now to ensure they have access with the right role.

The new roles are:

  1. ProStart Educator and Proctor:  An educator from a confirmed ProStart program who teaches the class and administers exams.
  2. ProStart Educator: An educator from a confirmed ProStart program who teaches the class but will not administer the exams, due to school policy or preference.
  3. ProStart Proctor: The individual designated by the school to administer exams for the Educator in #2, above.  Proctors do not teach the class but do administer exams.
  • Current ProStart educators from confirmed programs will become “ProStart Educator and Proctor” automatically; the educator doesn’t need to do anything.
  • Those who wish to change their role to that of an Educator (only) should login and revise their profile. It’s important in this case for them to ensure that a proctor also registers.
  • NOTE that only Confirmed ProStart Programs have access to ProStart registration status. Educators from an inactive program will become Foundations Proctors and will not have access to the ProStart portions of the website.
  • The Service Center is gearing up for Exam Season…but BOTTOM LINE: teachers should not wait for exam day to ensure they are registered, their students are registered and they are familiar with the exam administration system!

prostart-rack-card-p2prostart-rack-card-p1ProStart Marketing Piece Available

The FRLAEF has developed a marketing piece for ProStart that is designed to explain ProStart to parents and potential classroom mentors or sponsors.

These pieces are perfect for an Open House for your program or showcasing your program in the community.  If you are interested, please let us know and we can send them to you. If possible, please give us two weeks lead time.

The piece is pictured at right. Clicking on the image opens it full size.

Interesting Links In the Food + Culinary World

ProStart Video  & Curriculum Resources

CLICK HERE to see almost 40 ProStart Videos. The videos range from making Mother Sauces to how to fabricate a sheep!

CLICK HERE for a dropbox full of ProStart curriculum resources from a former ProStart teacher in North Carolina.