New Maine initiative to establish ag literacy via immersive CTE culinary arts plans

ORONO — A new College of Maine initiative to make agricultural literacy by means of an immersive culinary practical experience for profession and specialized schooling (CTE) culinary arts instructors is a person of 21 tasks funded nationwide by the U.S. Office of Agriculture’s Nationwide Institute of Meals and Agriculture.

NIFA has invested $6.2 million in the Expert Development and Secondary Faculty Teacher grants to increase the quantity of K–14 lecturers and educational gurus trained in the foods and agricultural sciences. The grants to prepare more educators in meals and ag science, and help ideal training methods that enhance pupil mastering outcomes, are element of NIFA’s Agriculture and Foods Analysis Initiative.

UMaine’s Setting up Agriculture Literacy By means of an Immersive Culinary Practical experience venture, which been given a $300,000, four-12 months grant, is led by Kathy Savoie, College of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor Willie Grenier, govt director of Maine Agriculture in the Classroom and Rob Dumas, UMaine food items science pilot plant manager. CTE culinary arts instructors will obtain professional enhancement ordeals to enhance their agricultural literacy, and enrich the connectedness between agriculture and food provider in their culinary arts curricula.

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