Remember your first job? For most people that first experience in the workforce was in a restaurant. Now think about this… what if you could offer someone their first job in your restaurant, but they are already trained in the industry? Great, right?

ProStart students receive career-based training for the foodservice industry. Created by the National Restaurant Association and implemented locally by the WHA Education Foundation, ProStart provides academic and workplace experiences. Students receive classroom training and enter into mentor relationships and internships with industry professionals.

Some of the basic skills taught as part of the ProStart curriculum that student come prepared with are:

  • Successful Customer Relations
  • Preparing and Serving Safe Food
  • Workplace Safety Procedures
  • Receiving, Storage and Equipment
  • Nutrition
  • Preparation, Cooking and Service Methods
  • Running a Business

Get connected with a student

Interested in hiring a ProStart student? We have high schools with ProStart programs around the state. Check the list below to see if there’s a school near you, then contact us here and we’ll work out connecting you with a potential new employee.

Current Partner ProStart Programs (by city):

Auburn – Auburn Mountainview High School
Bellevue – Newport High School
Bothell – Bothell High School
Coulee City – Almira Coulee Hartline High School
Illwaco – Illwaco High School
Kent – Kentlake High School
Lakewood – Lakes High School
Marysville – Marysville School
Mead – Mount Spokane High School
Moses Lake – Moses Lake High School
Mount Vernon – Northwest Technical & Career Academy
Oak Harbor – Oak Harbor High School
Puyallup – Chief Leschi High School
Puyallup – Puyallup High School
Seattle – Ingraham High School
Seattle – Rainier Beach High School
Seattle – Roosevelt High School
Seattle – West Seattle High School
Snoqualmie – Mount Si High School
Spokane – Ferris High School
Spokane – Lewis & Clark High School
Spokane – Mead High School
Spokane – Rogers High School
Spokane – Shadle Park High School
Spokane – West Valley High School
Sumner – Bonney Lake High School
Tacoma – Lincoln High School
Tacoma – Mount Tahoma High School
Tacoma – Stadium High School
Tekoa – Tekoa High School
Tumwater – New Market Skills Center
Vancouver – Heritage High School
Walla Walla – Walla Walla High School