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Building workforce capacity through vocational programs

Creating vocational programs at technical community colleges that train the labor force to work in alternative protein biomanufacturing, facilities engineering, and operations will streamline the labor transition.

Production platform
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Solution category
  • Ecosystem
Value chain segment
  • Workforce
  • Business Services
  • Production
  • R&D
Technology sector
Relevant actor
  • Industry
  • Academics
  • Policymakers
Maturity level
  • 1 – Inception

Description

Technical community colleges—like Laney College and the Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing—have accelerated programs for students and working professionals to learn real-world skills and are often located close to industry. These colleges have the potential to supply a steady stream of talent to meet the biomanufacturing, facilities engineering, and operations needs of the alternative protein industry. Creating vocational programs that train the labor force to work in alternative protein facilities will streamline the labor transition needed to power the future of food.

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