USDA Underwrites Planning Conference for GC and Prairie View A & M University
Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Galveston College and Prairie View A & M University a USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture Challenge Grant in order to host a conference entitled “Food Science Pathways: A SPECA Planning Conference”. The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to promote and strengthen education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences (FANH) in order to help ensure a qualified workforce in the United States to serve the FANH sciences system. The SPECA program also promotes complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences. SPECA projects will advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences.
The purpose of the Galveston conference is to gather stakeholders to discuss expansion/realignment of the current Galveston College Culinary Arts curriculum to meet the needs of employers as stated above. Attendees will discuss the concept of tying the GC associate degree program to 4-year universities for advanced education opportunities in food science; health – nutrition, obesity, wellness; organic and sustainable agriculture; and workforce development. Invitees will be leaders in community services, education, medicine, agriculture, commercial fishing, and the food industry. The conference is scheduled for June 5, 2017 on the Galveston College campus.
Paul Mendoza, Director of Culinary Arts, Galveston College
Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs