Community college partners with agribusiness

Inver Hills Community College is partnering with global agribusiness CHS and the CHS Foundation to launch the Agricultural Sciences Career Pipeline Program, a new statewide educational and career pathway initiative for middle and high school students.

Funded by a $250,000 grant from the CHS Foundation, the program will introduce thousands of students from across Minnesota to career opportunities in the agricultural sciences. The program opens a pathway for students to complete an associate of science degree at IHCC and then transfer to the Agricultural Science bachelor of science program at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, or a similar program at another four-year institution.

The Agricultural Sciences Pipeline Program has three components for middle school, high school and postsecondary students:

• Aspire: Agricultural Sciences Road Show

• Accelerate: Agricultural Sciences Academy

• Advance: Agricultural Sciences College and Career Training

Christina Royal, Ph.D., provost/vice president of academic affairs and interim dean of STEM at Inver Hills Community College, pointed out that many students have difficulty discerning clear pathways between their programs of study and opportunities in the labor market. Giving students the means to pursue high-demand careers, especially in science-related fields, significantly improves the ability of the U.S. workforce to compete globally.

“Meeting this challenge is particularly important in agriculture and food resources,” Royal said in a statement. “Programs like the Agricultural Sciences Career Pipeline help prevent a shortfall of graduates prepared to work in these priority industries.”

CHS is a leading global agribusiness, owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.


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