Date: Thu Jul 19, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This discussion will focus on the importance of university-industry partnerships including examples of how industry can work with and support education institutions. This talk highlights collaboration efforts supporting growth for industry, universities, and the advancement of agriculture. Questions and discussion are welcomed.
After teaching precision agriculture in the Midwest for 20+ years, the presenter now teaches in California. Not only is California agriculture different, the education for technical and technology skills is very different. This presentation will provide an overview of the Farm of the Future at West Hills College and how it is using guided pathways, collaborations with universities, stackable certifications, and online options to upgrade incumbent worker skills.
Good employees have always been an important part of any successful business and with the demands of modern agriculture, this has never been more true, especially in the precision ag industry. New employees must be knowledgeable in agronomy, electronics, computer systems, data analysis, have strong communication skills, and understand the time requirements of working in the agriculture field. A high quality internship experience benefits your company in many ways. Internship programs offer the opportunity for companies to introduce young talent to their team prior to investing completely, and can often lead to full time employment in the future, essentially allowing new hires to come in with 3+ months experience and the ability to “hit the ground running.” When students have a great experience on site, they tend to share their experience with classmates during the academic year, positively promoting your company and potentially increasing high talent internship and full-time applicants. The goal of this presentation will be to share with you what a good internship could look like from the students perspective. To help you to ensure your internship program is meeting the expectations of today’s college student, ultimately helping you increase your candidate pool when hiring for full time positions.