College Of Southern Idaho Gets $2.5 Million Grant To Create New Degree

Sep 19, 2013

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The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls is getting a $2.5 million federal grant to create a new degree program in food processing management.  

It’s part of $474.5 million awarded to community colleges nationally to expand demand-driven skills. The CSI program was the only Idaho grant in this round of a program called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, which will eventually give out $2 billion.

The U.S. Department of Education says the new CSI degree will meet the needs of the area’s major employers.

“The Food Processing Management Program will offer areas of emphasis in food safety, quality assurance, food processing and management. CSI’s Food Processing Management degree program will offer stackable and latticed credentials including Postsecondary Certificates, Technical Certificates, Associates of Applied Science Degrees and an Associate of Science Degree.” – U.S. Department of Education press release

The Magic Valley economy is dependent on agriculture and most of the largest employers are food processors. Those include Amalgamated Sugar, Clear Springs Food and Glanbia.

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