SIUE receives $500K food, agriculture training grant


EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois College Edwardsville has acquired $500,000 from the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Nationbroad Institute of Meals and Agriculture (NIFA) to advertvance knowledge teaching assets by way of statebroad collaborations.

“Crossing the Digital Divide: Making a information-Savvy Workforce with Open Supply Data Training Resources and Novel Industrial Credentialing Packages,” acquired Definitely one of 19 NIFA Agricultural Workforce Training grants totaling $9.44 million. The enterprise will assist the teaching of a knowledge-pushed food and agricultural workforce throughout Illinois and Inside the St. Louis Metro Space.

A quantity of institutional and enterprise collaborators will assist advertvance this initiative, collectively with SIUE’s GeoMARC, SIUE’s Office of On-line Providers And educational Outreach (OSEO), Illinois State College’s (ISU) Division of Agronomy, the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Division Workforce Enchancment Group, the Madvertison County Employment and Training Division, Heartland Group School, Lincoln Land Group School and the Illinois Corn Growers Affiliation.

“Through this multi-institutional and enterprise-broad partnership, we hope To Obtain the youthful and upcoming workforce, And current them with the introductory assets Important to pursue careers Inside the food and agriculture enterprise with a heavy knowledge and know-how factor,” said principal investigator (PI) Carrie Butts-Wilmsmeyer, PhD, director of the SIUE Center for Predictive Analytics (C-PAN).

The enterprise will: