LINCOLN, NE, Aug. 2, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director for Rural Development in Nebraska Kate Bolz announced today that USDA is partnering with Northeast Community College through the Community College Alliance for Agriculture Advancement to strengthen the nation’s rural workforce.
Through this partnership, students in the Midwest will be offered resources and skill development that will help them advance in careers in agriculture and rural economic development. The partnership will also help to ensure rural communities across the country have the leaders and workforce they need to thrive.
“USDA is proud to continue our partnership with Northeast Community College to help students grow and thrive in the agricultural careers and rural communities. This is an important part of our mission to make sure people everywhere have the resources they need to access quality education and good-paying jobs to promote the success of rural Nebraska,” Bolz said.
As part of a memorandum of understanding, USDA Rural Development will coordinate with the Northeast Community College to help students develop leadership and job skills through agency internships and networking opportunities. USDA Rural Development staff will also:
- Share public data, program resources, webinars and information that can help students bolster their schoolwork and succeed in their careers.
- Participate in guest lectures at community colleges to help students learn about the ways USDA Rural Development’s programs, initiatives and resources, help people in rural America thrive.
- Encourage students to join the Rural Workforce Innovation Network (RWIN) to help expand their networking opportunities in their respective industries.
- Connect colleges with staff in state and local Rural Development offices.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
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