- Hispanic Serving Institutions
- Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education and Hispanic Workforce Development
Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education and Hispanic Workforce Development
This project is to establish a multi-institutional consortium in Florida and Puerto Rico for training Hispanic students in biological and natural sciences for career placement in USDA and other federal agencies. The Consortium will consist of Florida International University (FIU), as the lead institution, Miami Dade College-North Campus (MDC), St. Thomas University, Miami (STU), and Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIA), as partnering HSI institutions, and several not-for profit and government agencies. The proposed Consortium will target a large body of Hispanic and underrepresented students (a total of 270,000 students, 65% Hispanic). The overall goal is to develop a scientifically challenging and digitally innovative educational program, which trains 49 bachelor students, four masters’ students and one doctoral student of underrepresented Hispanic community in biological and natural sciences (BARS track) relating to food productivity and the environment. The project will (a) enrich the existing environmental/biological/food sciences degree programs with innovative teaching modules and emerging agricultural issues; (b) develop online and distance learning courses; (c) integrate social media networking and web-based learning tools into the proposed agriculture curriculum; (e) offer aggressive programs of internship, community engagement, and career placement programs; and (f) offer a K-12 school outreach program. Students so trained will be ready for career placement in USDA’s mission-critical occupations in agencies such as ARS, APHIS and NRCS, with an expertise to work in the priority areas of sustainable food production, natural resources conservation and agriculture-climate change interactions.
Contact the Agroecology Program Coordinator for information on available scholarship and internship opportunities.