Northeast Indiana Works news release:
Agriculture Awareness Initiative Launched
(December 4, 2020) – Northeast Indiana Works has launched a social media awareness initiative designed to encourage middle and high school students to explore the many career options in agriculture.
The initiative includes a page of information on the Northeast Indiana Works website and links to other helpful, interactive sites, as well as four short videos that will be posted on Facebook and Instagram. The videos target students 13- to 18-years-old.
The initiative, which generally focuses on higher-wage, higher-skilled positions, stems from two studies commissioned by Northeast Indiana Works that looked at the overall strength of the region’s agriculture industry and the educational programming that supports the industry.
The studies determined that northeast Indiana has strong food processing and durable-goods manufacturing components and that there is a need for a bolder, more consistent network of educational offerings. One of the studies recommended creating more awareness of agriculture-related careers.
“Agriculture here and elsewhere involves many skills that at first blush may go unrecognized,” said Rick Farrant, director of communications for Northeast Indiana Works. “Sustaining a robust agriculture industry requires the talents of plant, animal and soil scientists, biochemists, environmental engineers, hydrologists, veterinarians, finance, business and data specialists, genetic researchers, and precision agriculture technicians.”
About Northeast Indiana Works
Northeast Indiana Works, the region’s workforce development board, provides public and private financial and employment resources to businesses and individuals for education and skills training to meet the needs of regional industries. The nonprofit sets policy for how public and private funds are utilized to support talent development. It also operates and staffs the 11 county-based WorkOne Northeast career centers in the region. Individuals and companies may access resources and services by visiting or calling WorkOne in their county. To find your local WorkOne, log on to Northeast Indiana Works website.