Educating a workforce for the aquaculture industry: Matching skill needs of the aquaculture industry with U.S. career and technical education (CTE)

Project

Description

Educating a workforce for the aquaculture industry: Matching skill needs of the aquaculture industry with US career and technical education (CTE)

Chaired by Dr. Barbara Evans

Objectives:

1. Assess the workforce needs for the aquaculture industry throughout the 12 states of the North Central Region (NCR). Identify which skills are needed in the workforce to promote industry growth.

2. Assess the level of youth focused aquaculture curricula/programs in the NCR. Identify schools with a Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career cluster that includes aquaculture. Identify other youth aquaculture related activities.

3. Integrate industry and high school/youth career center information through a web-based platform that:

  a) creates awareness of the aquaculture industry skill needs

  b) allows assessment of the level and distribution of aquaculture curricula

  c) utilizes the web-based platform (ncrac-yea.org) to co-develop curricula to address industry needs

  d) creates incentives for youth to pursue aquaculture skills training

4. Create and promote aquaculture workshops for educators and Extension professionals and provide access funding for them to attend existing workshops.

5. Identify community colleges or universities with aquaculture courses/programs, and create opportunities for interested students to be dual enrolled in existing college classes, or "less than class size" internship opportunities at fish farms and hatcheries.

Institution/Company

Principal Investigators

Objectives

Year 1

Year 2

Total

Lake Superior State Univ.

B. Evans, H. Helal

1,2,3,4,5

36,047

42,549

78,596

Univ. of WI - Stevens Point

C. Hartleb, K. Slemmons

4,5

31,666

32,334

64,000

Iowa State Univ.

D. A. Pattillo

1,2,4

22,720

22,720

45,440

Totals

90,433

97,603

$188,036

Project Outline

Duration: 
07/01/2017 to 06/30/2019
Award Amount: 
$188,036.00
Award Number: 
2014-28500-25753
Category: 
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