In Colorado and beyond, a shortage of skilled workers is hindering the growth of agricultural and food sectors and placing critical strains on local and regional food systems. Traditional post-secondary education pathways are not currently meeting the needs of employers nor the potential agricultural workforce. Through the creation of an online, accessible, experiential and cutting-edge Upskilling Academy, we will support the development of technical, applied and professional skills to aid learners in their pursuit of successful careers and entrepreneurial businesses related to food, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment. This effort will provide new career pathways while strengthening local communities, enhancing food system resiliency and promoting regenerative agriculture, including enhancing soil health and water conservation.

Who’s eligible?
  • High school students
  • Undergrads
  • Graduate students
  • Teachers (high school and college)
  • Professionals
  • Agriculture workforce managers
  • Lifelong learners

A soil moisture kit used in classrooms

Examples of Badge Courses:
  • SMART Irrigation & Precision Agriculture
  • Irrigation Water Management
  • Soil Moisture Sensors and Internet-of-Things (IoT) Technology
  • Plant & Crop Inheritance
  • Plant Genetic Resources: Genomes, Genebanks and Growers
  • Seed Technology
  • Food Security
  • Food Safety 101
  • Meat Processing

Allan Andales presents on Irrigation Water Management for Upskilling students

To receive more information about these and other Upskilling opportunities, including collaborations, sign up here or contact Deana Namuth-Covert@colostate.edu