ProStart Culinary & Job Readiness Program

A 14-week culinary arts and job readiness program for adults 18 and older. The ProStart Program was developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and prepares participants to obtain entry-level careers in the food service and hospitality industry.

Upon successful completion of the ProStart program, participants are awarded the National Restaurant Association Certificate of Completion, ServSafe® Certification and ProStart Completion Certificates, these are all nationally recognized credentials, which will prove to set each of our graduates apart from others who are pursuing positions in the food industry.

Since its inception at HeartLove Place ("HLP") in 2002, ProStart has graduated over 500 people from the program and has helped place 46% in industry-related jobs. Other graduates have gone on to open their own companies, advance their education further, and take positions in other industries.


The Curriculum Covers the Following:

Purchasing & Cost Control Basic Cooking Temperatures/Formulas
Culinary/Cooking Terminology Customer Service Menu Planning
Host/Hostess Responsibilities Career Planning Marketing
Entrepreneurship Opportunities Hospitality Management 
Food Preparation & Health Codes Banquet Preparation Catering
Vegetarian/Special Dietetic Needs Food Groups/Nutrition

HeartLove Place ProStart instructor and students were
featured in MPTV's Next Avenue Community Conversations:
Living & Learning TV Show in July 2014.

Click here to view the video.
Four ProStart Graduates Hired to New Downtown Milwaukee Restaurant!
Congratulations to our ProStart Graduates on their new jobs at Colour Palate! The new restaurant downtown had a soft-opening. Check out some of the photos below featuring our ProStart Graduates!
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HeartLove Place Partners with Social Development Commission

HeartLove Place is partnering with the Social Development Commission to bring the ProStart Culinary & Job Readiness Program to Milwaukee residents. Learn more about this culinary partnership in action >>

Would you like job experience and independence?

Classes are forming for our ProStart Culinary and Job Readiness Program. The 14 week fall 2017 program begins September 11, 2017 - December 15, 2017. The graduation ceremony is Friday, December 22nd, 2017.

2018 Training Calendar  
Winter Session: January 15, 2018 - April 20, 2018 Graduation: April 25, 2018
Summer Session: May 7, 2018 - August 10, 2018, Graduation: August 22, 2018
Fall Session: August 27, 2018 - November 30, 2018, Graduation: December 12, 2018

Locations: SDC site located at 6850 N. Teutonia Avenue and at St. Francis Church located at 1927 N. 4th Street. 

For more information, please call (414) 372-1550x120. 


HeartLove Place is the hub of the Harambee community offering many programs, activities and
events throughout the year. We pray that you will join us. For more information or to tour our facility,
please contact us at (414) 372-1550. We look forward to speaking with you!
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Phone: (414) 372-1550
Fax: (414) 372-4932
Address: 1927 North 4th Street Milwaukee, WI 53212