New Mexico ProStart


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, or to support ProStart by sponsoring an aspect of the competition contact Tom Schuch at 505-343-9848 or



Requirements to be a ProStart School:

  • Attend teacher training (late fall semester)
  • Use Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts
  • Submit info to Westat Data Collection (Deadline is Fall semester)

Curriculum of FRMCA:

  • The ProStart program requires the Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts curriculum. This curriculum is a set of two books and workbooks: level 1 and level 2.
  • The first year book begins with a history lesson and overview of the foodservice industry. “Keeping Food Safe,” “Stocks, Sauces, and Soups,” and “Management Essentials” are some of the chapters covered in the first year book.
  • Level two begins with nutrition and more information on controlling food costs. Level one tackles basics in the restaurant industry while level two goes more in-depth of how to manage a restaurant.
  • See if it’s a good fit for your school! Contact us to request a copy of the Foundations books for your review!

Benefits of Being a ProStart School:

  • HIEF Annual Teacher Training
  • HIEF Annual Bootcamp
  • Certificate of Achievement for ProStart Students
  • Scholarships HIEF and ProStart
  • Use of NMRA Classroom
  • Updates on Foundation books used for ProStart
  • NM ProStart student Culinary and Management Competitions, First place teams move to Nationals
  • National program recognition and support from NRA and NMRA
  • Educator Excellence award
  • Updates and information regarding Summer Institutes.
  • Discounts on NMRA Education classes

ProStart Schools in New Mexico:

Albuquerque High School
Atrisco Heritage Academy
Bernalillo High School
Carlsbad High School
Chaparral High School
Cibola High School
Cloudcroft High School
Clovis High School
Cuba High School
Deming High School
Gadsden High School
Gallup High School
Gallup Central High School
Grants High School
Las Cruces High School
Los Alamos High School
Lovington High School
Mayfield High School
Miyamura High School

Organ Mountain High School
Penasco High School
Pojoaque Valley High School
Questa High School
Raton High School
Rio Grande High School
Roswell High School
Ruidoso High School
Sandia High School
Santa Fe High School
Santa Fe Indian High School
Santa Teresa High School
Silver City High School
Taos High School
Valencia High School
Valley High School
Volcano Vista High School
West Mesa High School


Ways to get involved in ProStart:

Please contact Tom Schuch at 505-343-9848 to get involved.

More Information on ProStart:

Click here for a NM ProStart Success Story.

ProStart National Certificate of Achievement – college benefits for students who earn a ProStart Certificate.

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.


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