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The ProStart® program is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the culinary and management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them. The Hospitality Industry Education Foundation, which administers the ProStart Program in New Mexico, is supported in part by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation through its ProStart Initiative.

Each spring, New Mexico ProStart students compete to earn a chance to advance to the National ProStart Student Invitational and to win scholarships. For more information on the ProStart Program in New Mexico, contact Victoria Sanchez Martinez at 505-343-9848 or

Click here to see HIEF's Executive Director, Victoria Martinez, discussing ProStart on KRQE.

Click here for results of previous year's NM ProStart Invitational.

Click here for a NM ProStart Success Story

ProStart National Certificate of Acheivement - college benefits for students who earn a ProStart Certificate.

ProStart Schools in New Mexico

  • Alamogordo High
  • Belen High
  • Bernalillo High School
  • Carlsbad High School
  • Chaparral High
  • Cloudcroft High School
  • Clovis High
  • Cuba High
  • Dulce High
  • Farmington High School
  • Gadsden High School
  • Gallup High
  • Grants High
  • Laguna Acoma
  • Las Cruces High
  • Los Alamos High School
  • Lovington High School
  • Manzano High School
  • Mayfield High School
  • Mescalero Apache School
  • Oñate High School
  • Penasco High
  • Piedra Vista High School
  • Pojoaque Valley High
  • Rio Rancho High
  • Roswell High School
  • Ruidoso High School
  • Sandia High
  • Silver High
  • Taos High
  • Texico High
  • Valley High

More Information on ProStart

Please take a moment to view these videos as well to see the amazing things ProStart is doing for the future generation of the hospitality industry.

• Feeding Dreams: Learn how ProStart brings industry and the classroom together to give students a platform to discover new interests and talents and open doors for fulfilling careers.

• Building Futures: America’s restaurants are an industry of opportunity – learn how ProStart is building a pipeline of talent to help fill the 1.3 million jobs the industry will add over the next decade.

• National ProStart Invitational: Experience the thrill of competition as ProStart state champions from around the country battle for top honors and scholarships in culinary and management events.

• Student Experience: Meet the students who are discovering their passion in ProStart, and hear how it has transformed their lives.