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CSI Receives Federal Grant To Begin Food Processing Degree Program
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The College of Southern Idaho will get nearly 2.5 million dollars to put together and equip a degree program in Food Quality Management. This was announced Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.
CSI Instructional Dean Terry Patterson says that the program will be placed in a portion of CSI’s new Applied Technology and Innovation Center, which is under construction on the campus’ north side. Students enrolled will split their school year between the classroom and labs and local food manufacturers. The program will teach food safety, quality assurance, food processing, automation, electronic control systems, and management. When it’s needed, English as a Second Language will also be offered. Those enrolled can earn post-secondary and technical certificates, an associates of applied science, and/or an associates of science.
Patterson thanked CSI’s industry partners for their assistance and support. Those partners are Glanbia Foods, Inc., Chobani, Idaho Milk Products, and Jerome Cheese Company.
The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program (TAACCCT), which promotes the development of skills and employment opportunities in a variety of fields. The U.S. Department of Labor is carrying out and administrating the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
This is the second time CSI has received a TAACCCT grant. They also received one in 2011 for 2.7 million dollars. This provided the funds for a collaborative project on college retention and completion and put together and equipped the Physical Therapy Assisting program consortium with the College of Southern Idaho, College of Western Idaho, North Idaho College, Lewis Clark State College, and Eastern Idaho Technical College.
For more information on the grant, visit http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20131932.htm