ProStart New Teachers Seminar

Date: Thursday, August 6
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Attendance is mandatory for new ProStart Teachers

Learn the basics of a successful ProStart program.   Teachers will receive an informative notebook containing various resources to implement the culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum. All Ohio ProStart Teachers are welcome to attend.  Register Here!

Shop and Support ORAEF/Ohio ProStart

The ORAAmazon Smile generic graphicEF and Ohio ProStart newest funding opportunities  involves industry giant, Amazon and local supermarket, Kroger.  
You can use your existing Amazon account, although you will first need to register at and select,Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation.   You will receive a confirmation email that Amazon will make a donation as a result of your purchase.   To support the ORAEF, you will need to shop at  and not the website.
You can also register your Kroger Plus card at and select #21287 for our program and a portion of the proceeds will go to ORAEF. 
Please share this information with family and friends, as we need an expanded community to support our program.  Please contact the ORAEF office at 877.442.9374 with any questions.

Ohio ProStart Instructor captures National Award

Barbara Hummer wins James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award

Ohio ProStart® Teacher Barbara Hummer of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is one of two educators in the nation to win the prestigious James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award given by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF) and Golden Corral.  Hummer was awarded the prize and $5,000 on May 14 in Chicago along with Nathaniel Bradshaw from Connecticut.  Read More.

Ohio Team Places Third at National ProStart Invitational  

Congratulations is extended to Polaris Career Center  of Middleburg Heights for capturing third place honors in the culinary division at the recent National ProStart Invitational held last week in Anaheim.  The National ProStart Invitational® is the country’s premier high school competition focused on restaurant management and culinary arts excellence. A total of 89 teams and over 400 students from around the world competed for top honors.   

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, competed in the restaurant management competition at the National ProStart Invitational. This competition challenged management teams to develop a proposal for the next promising restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges. Their presentation was flawless as they proudly represented the state of Ohio.

The top five teams from the culinary and management competitions were awarded generous educational scholarships to help further their careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

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Celebration of the Stars Banquet 

Twenty four of the top Ohio ProStart students received approximately $65,000 in scholarships at the Celebration of the Stars Banquet. First through fifth place teams in both the culinary arts and restaurant management from the Ohio ProStart Invitational held earlier this year were honored as well.

Barbara Hummer from Cuyahoga Valley Career Center was recognized as the 2015 Teacher of Excellence. An award presented annually to a teacher for outstanding contributions to the ProStart program and its students.

Thank you to our generous program and scholarship donors.  

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Attention: Teachers & Students 

New Online Certificate of Achievement (COA) Process
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ORA Education Foundation

 August 2015 
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Ohio ProStart Teachers Seminar

Mandatory for 1st & 2nd year ProStart Teachers

Columbus Culinary Institute at Bradford School - Columbus, Ohio

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