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    Career & Technical Education

    Food and Beverage Management (ProStart)

    Program Description

    Chefs work at different kitchen stations to prepare a meal

    The ProStart program introduces high school students to a wide variety of careers within the restaurant, food service and hospitality industry. Students will study and practice professional food preparation, preparation of international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, customer service relations, accounting, cost control, marketing, and an introduction to aspects of lodging management. Students will follow the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation industry standard curriculum with the potential to earn ProStart and ServSafe certifications. Senior year, students must complete a 270-hour work-based learning experience. In addition, for ProStart Certification, the student internship must allow them to complete 52 competency goals plus an additional 130 work-based learning hours.


    Completer Courses

    • Honors Culinary and Hospitality Management 1
    • Honors Culinary and Hospitality Management 2
    • Pro-Start Work-Based Learning

    Schools Offering Completer

    • All high schools

    Potential Certifications

    National Restaurant Association

    • ServSafe - Food Manager Certification

    ProStart National Certificate of Achievement (COA)


    Articulated/Proficiency Credit

    Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)

    • HRM 119 - Certification in Sanitation (1 credit)
    • HRM 111 - Introduction to Hospitality Industry (3 credits)
    • HRM 121 - Introduction to Cooking (3 credits)

    Career Opportunities upon Program Completion

    • Cook, Restaurant ($27,850 - $45,570)
    • Caterer ($30,225 - $70,062)

    Career Opportunities with Additional Education and Training

    • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner ($36,360 - $95,620)
    • Food Service Manager ($49,300 - $104,760)

    Success Stories


    See your School Counselor for more information!

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