Education and Workforce Development

Activities

Education and Workforce Development Working Group Annual Update

The Education and Workforce Development Working Group and its regional WEB Task Forces will be focused on promoting attendance at the 12 Workforce Summits that will be taking place around the state from October through November. These summits are sponsored by the 12 Rural Development Councils (RDCs) under the auspices of the Department of Labor. If we want agriculture and the rest of the food system in this state to have a place at the table it is imperative that we are well represented in the broader workforce conversation.

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New Partnerships Increase Real World Career Experiences for Students

"The statewide college student gathering is a perfect opportunity for our students in our learning community “A Call to Action: Building Sustainable Communities”. [...] The symposium lands at a perfect place and time to support our goals; we hope that many students, faculty and staff from other Vermont colleges and universities attend. This has the capacity to create the synergy to inspire and fuel the capacity of our statewide student network. Your collaborative planning efforts are brilliant. Your goals are timely and relevant: inspiring students, connecting them to food systems and larger issues of health, community, and/or environmental stewardship, exposure to career opportunities in the diversity and opportunities in the sustainability/ food/agriculture sector." ~ Ellen Hill, Northern Vermont University

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Forming Regional Partnerships across Workforce, Education & Business (WEB) Sectors

In 2016 a pilot project in Washington County brought together organizations, businesses and individuals that represented the workforce, education and business sectors of the food system. The work revealed that each sector had common goals and similar barriers to success, yet competing resources and separate languages. The acronym and organization of the project into the three sectors, W-E-B, has proved fruitful and valuable elsewhere in our Network. Recent activity includes the development of WEB Partnerships in both Windham and Lamoille counties

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Food System Career Profiles: 12 Profiles Released

The Career Image and Pathways Task Force developed curriculum for students to create food system career profiles, which will help with the overall promotion and awareness of food system careers. The first 12 profiles have been completed (many more to come!) and will soon be distributed to guidance counselors and teachers across the state.

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HR Training Programs report completed

The Labor Crosscutting Team hired a UVM intern to conduct an HR & Labor Management research project to inventory and analyze HR training resources available to Vermont food systems businesses.

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Business-Education Partnerships Task Force Launches Pilot Project

The Business-Education Partnerships Task Force is launching a Washington County Pilot to link educators, workforce developers, and food system businesses.

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Food System Career Profiles

The Career Image and Pathways Task Force developed curriculum for students to create food system career profiles, which will help with the overall promotion and awareness of food system careers.

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Food System Educator Professional Learning Community Continues in 2nd Year

The Vermont Agency of Education and the Farm to Plate Network continue to support the Food Systems Education Professional Learning Community (PLC) for educators.

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Former Governor's Institute Farms, Food and Your Future Begins Transition

The Governor's Institute Task Force worked with the Governor's Institute of Vermont (GIV) to create the first summer institute on food systems. The Institute ran for two summers. After a break in summer 2015, the Task Force is beginning to investigate a transition of the Institute into broader reaching summer Food System learning opportunities.

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Labor Cross-cutting Team updates

The Labor Cross-Cutting Team explores general labor practices in Vermont's food system

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