Education Foundation

The Montana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (MTRAEF) was established in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to help train skilled workers for our restaurant industry which is experiencing a critical shortage of employees.  Nationwide, there is a crucial need for employees capable of supervisory and management positions.

The MTRA Education Foundation is your resource for the ProStart® program, a high school level curriculum that teaches food preparation and safety.  A certificate of acheivement is available for those students taking the full two-year class from certified teachers at their local high school.  There are several schools in Montana that currently offer the ProStart® curriculum.


For more information call the MTRAEF ProStart®  Programs Director, Lee Johnson.  Lee can be reached by phone at (406) 861-7628 or by email at

Please visit our ProStart® information page or the ProStart® website at


Updated March 27, 2017