Youth@Work 2021 - Empowering Changemakers

Youth@Work 2021 - Empowering Changemakers

Workshop Round 5: Advancing the Bioeconomy in California’s San Joaquin Valley

A talk by Wes Jurey, Chris Klein and Christine Nieto
ATIP Foundation, Klein Educational Systems and ACT Workforce Solutions

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About this talk

The ATIP Foundation, affiliated with the US Department of Agriculture, is engaged in an initiative to establish a replicable model to advance the bioeconomy in California. A critical component is to develop the approach by education and the workforce system to educate and train the workforce needed by the Bioeconomy sector. The Bioeconomy initiative, established in the San Joaquin Valley, is developing the regions ability to support businesses to utilize waste from animal production operations, crop residues, bioenergy crops, municipal wastes, and other sources to produce viable goods and services. This industry needs specific competencies, skills, training and knowledge, that is critical to the manufacturing & logistics sectors. At the conclusion of the Initiatives first year, the ATIP foundation has already begun working with 54 industry partners to lay the ground work in helping the region develop the Bioeconomy, and build a talent pipeline. This session will describe the work that has been done to-date, and share how Public education, Community Colleges and local workforce boards can support the initiative, by creating awareness of opportunities in this field, and help prepare youth and young adults for careers in this field, utilizing information and educational materials developed by the ATIP Foundation to educate and train the skilled workforce to support the Bioeconomy.

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