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Choose to be a key player in the future of this industry, where you can inspire young people, offer avenues for advancement, and tell the world about the endless opportunities available in the hospitality industry.

How can I become involved with the ProStart Program in Pennsylvania?

Are you a culinary or hospitality industry professional in Pennsylvania? We are always looking for chefs, restaurant or food-service business owners, managers, vendors, and others in the industry members to get involved with ProStart®. There are many ways to help:


As a ProStart mentor, you will provide support, coaching, and encouragement for students as well as assist ProStart educators in developing students’ professional skills. The time commitment can vary based on your availability and the needs of the school. Mentoring activities can include:

    • Host a field trip or facility tour
    • Guest speaking in a ProStart classroom
    • Create an internship
    • Competition mentor (guide a team of students as they prepare for the PA ProStart Invitational)


By supporting the ProStart program, you are investing in the future of our industry! Sponsor our program and events to connect with future leaders of the restaurant and food-service industry who are your future employees or consumers of your products. Choose a general program support package, or sponsor one of our events throughout the year, including:

    • Pennsylvania ProStart Invitational (winter)
    • National ProStart Invitational (spring)
    • PA ProStart Teacher Trainings
    • PRLAEF Scholarship Program


  • ProStart Competition: Serve as a culinary or management judge or volunteer at the PA ProStart Invitational. You will have the opportunity to help students grow and learn during a fun-filled day of culinary rivalry. VOLUNTEER AT THE 2023 PA PROSTART INVITATIONAL
  • School OAC Member: Serve on your local school district’s Occupational Advisory Committee (OAC). State mandated ​​OACs advise the school board, administration and staff on curriculum, equipment, instructional materials, safety requirements, program evaluation, and other related matters to verify that the programs meet industry standards.

Ready to get involved?

Click below to fill out the interest form and get started.

QUESTIONS? Contact Hope Sterner, PA ProStart Coordinator and PRLA Director of Education, at 717-963-8368  or email

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