Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) With the number of food processing industries in the southern Idaho region, the need for proper education is needed more than ever before.
For those looking to advance in the food processing industry, the new Food Processing Technology Program at the College of Southern Idaho has what you need.
"We do not have, in the State of Idaho, any program that is anywhere near what we're doing here," explains Janna Hamlett, Food Processing Technology Program.
Getting those employees of the many food processing plants in southern Idaho a proper education is what it's all about.
"We are looking at just trying to develop workers for the area. And let the people that are here working in the plants get the knowledge and not have to leave the area to get it," Hamlett says.
The program consists of a one year technical certificate… and soon to come, a two year associates degree.
But for now, only the one year certificate is available.
"Students are going to be learning about HACCP, which is Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, which is a very important program in all food processing plants. They'll learn about GMPs or Good Manufacturing Practices. We're also going to be introducing them into safety, so they'll get an OSHA 30 hour card and forklift training," Hamlett explains.
Students will also take classes in quality assurance, control and integration... and HMI or Human Machine Interfaces.
With the dairy industry dominating food processing in the area, of course it will be a big part of the curriculum.
But as the area continues to gain new industry, the program will encompass much more than milk and cheese.
"We're hoping to get about 15 or so... you know, 10 to 15. It's the first time we've offered it, we've only got one section of each class offered this semester, but once we get more students... we’re hoping to get more," Hamlett explains.
Keeping the workforce of southern Idaho properly educated, so that the region continues to thrive.
There is still time to register for the course if you want to.
To learn more about the Food Processing Technology Program, log onto www.csi.edu.