AWC granted $500k for agricultural workforce training from USDA

The funding will make way for better access to professional certifications

The federal grant will aid AWC’s Growing Opportunities for Agricultural Learning in the Southwest Workforce (GOALS) Project whose goal it is to expand career opportunities.

GOALS’ intent for the funding is to provide better access for students to secure their professional agricultural certification as Pest Control Advisors and Certified Crop Advisors.

“I am so excited about this grant,” said Reetika Dhawan, AWC Vice President of Workforce Development and CTE. “The GOALS Project collaborates with industry partners to promote, train, and retrain underrepresented students for careers in agricultural sciences related to sustainable.”

Career exploration opportunities for agriculture careers, a mentorship program, workforce training and a continuation of education opportunities for certificates are all included in the project.

Agriculture students in Yuma and La Paz will benefit from the funding along with partnering with the AWC Downtown Reskilling and Technology Center.

According to AWC, the continuation of education training opportunities for specialized areas of agriculture include curriculum which could lead directly to employment after program completion.

The online classes GOALS offers are designed to work with busy schedules with at-your-own-pace opportunities.

Since agriculture has a significant importance within the community, a growth of enrollment in agricultural careers for Hispanic and underrepresented students is important for tackling agricultural workforce shortages, according to AWC.

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