The Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) developed the Food Processing, Technology and Safety certificate program with industry partners to expand access to specialized training and meet the needs for a skilled workforce in the state. At the same time, renovations are being made to an existing MSU food processing facility, and a mobile lab is being constructed that will travel to participating IAT community college partners. In fall 2019, students can participate in the certificate program at MSU in East Lansing and Muskegon Community College. Graduates earn a certificate from MSU and an associate degree from the respective community college.
- The State of Michigan provided $1.2 million in FY18 and another $550,000 in FY19 to support the first year of the food processing certificate program, on-campus facility renovations and the mobile food processing lab.
- About 730 undergraduate students will benefit annually from the renovated on-campus fruit and vegetable lab.
- The first food processing mobile lab will travel to IAT community college partners starting in spring 2020.