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College establishes advanced credit agreement through ProStart

This fall, Pennsylvania College of Technology entered an advanced credit agreement with the ProStart program to pave the way for high school students to get a head start on their degree, eliminate duplication of instruction and, ultimately, make a college degree more affordable.

ProStart, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that cultivates tomorrow’s restaurant and food service industry leaders. The curriculum was developed by industry and academic experts and reaches more than 90,000 students in 1,700 high schools and career and technical education centers.

Through the agreement, students who are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement or who pass national ProStart exams can earn up to eight credits toward a Penn College degree in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts while still in high school.

To earn the certificate, students pass two national exams, demonstrate a mastery of foundational skills and work 400 mentored hours.

Penn College offers hospitality-related associate degrees in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts technology and hospitality management, and bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts and systems and business administration: sport and event management. To learn more, visit call 570-327-4505 or visit

The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation coordinates the ProStart program in Pennsylvania. For more information about the agreement, contact the NRAEF by email.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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