|Wednesday, January 9, 2013|
Randolph, Vermont – On Tuesday, January 15, food system employers and a wide array of educators and state officials will meet to discuss how to better prepare young people for careers in the expanding farm and food sector of Vermont’s economy. The event is being hosted by the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Technical College and co-sponsored by the Farm to Plate Network, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, the VT Departments of Education and Labor, and the VT Agencies of Agriculture, Food & Markets and Commerce & Community Development.
The conference is entitled GroundWork: Connecting Employers with Education and will take place from 8:30am to 2pm in Judd Hall on the VTC campus in Randolph. It is the third conference in a four-part GroundWork series at VTC. Each of the four parts of this series explores various issues in Vermont’s agriculture, energy, waste, business and education sectors, with the goal of enhancing our collective understanding, planning, and coordination to invigorate our regional economy.
The upcoming conference on January 15 is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and other education professionals to engage with business owners, managers, supervisors, and employers in Vermont’s food system. Participants will hear the results of a statewide survey of employers conducted by Holly Tippett and Wendy Meunier that identifies gaps between current food system education and the skills needed by today’s farm and food businesses. The education and employment communities will be given ample time to meet and discuss the study’s findings and recommendations. The fourth conference of this series, GroundWork: Aligning Educational Needs with Resources, will be held on March 12 and will follow on the progress made at the January 15 conference.
“This conference will bring together food system businesses and educators to reflect on the survey findings and to develop action plans to better prepare Vermonters for jobs in our growing food system,” says Dan Smith, Co-Chair of the Farm to Plate Network’s Education and Workforce Development Working Group that sponsored the survey and is co-hosting the event.
The Vermont Technical College Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems serves the applied educational needs of agriculture, food production, waste disposal and energy production businesses in the region.
This conference is made possible by support from the Vermont Department of Education and Vermont Technical College.