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·         Meat Processing Curriculum Now Being Offered at Career Tech Locations

·         Oklahoma Ag Sec. Blayne Arthur Praises Career Tech For Taking Quick Action To Train Meat Processing Workforce

 

 

Meat Processing Curriculum Now Being Offered at Career Tech Locations

 

Oklahoma Farm Report

24 Jun 2020

 

Yesterday, the Oklahoma Career Technology Center and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry announced new educational programs to help curb the workforce shortage in the meat processing industry.

 

The curriculum was designed to encourage more commodity processing within the state and help address the ever-growing labor shortage within meat processing plants across the state. It also helps to supply a skilled workforce to rural areas and processing plants across the state.

 

“This is an exciting day for the Oklahoma meat processing sector,” said Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture. “I am very proud to be here especially because this solves problems across the board. A lot of times, we just address one piece of something but this provides a solution to both our producers and consumers.”

 

The Central Technology Center plans to offer multi-level, customizable, online courses to provide students with the certification that aligns with the American Meat Science Association, while still supporting industry need. It will provide workforce development and training within a timely manner...

 

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Oklahoma Ag Sec. Blayne Arthur Praises Career Tech For Taking Quick Action To Train Meat Processing Workforce

 

Oklahoma Farm Report

24 Jun 2020

 

Oklahoma took a major step towards meeting the workforce void in the meat processing industry this week when the Oklahoma Career Technology Center and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture announced new educational programs to train potential industry workers.

 

Sec. of Agriculture Blayne Arthur talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the new educational venture.

 

The curriculum Career Tech is offering certainly fills a void with our work force, Arthur said.

 

Career Tech plans to offer multi-level, customizable, online courses to provide students with the certification that aligns with the American Meat Science Association, while still supporting industry need.

 

Arthur said there are many meat producers who want to sell locally but can’t get a processing date this year or 2021 due to the lack of processing capacity.

 

We’ve got a lot of entrepreneurs wanting to open a facility, so it helps them, beef producers and many others in rural areas in the state, Arthur said. This solves problems across the board. A lot of times, we just address one piece of something, but this provides a solution to both our producers and consumers.

 

Arthur said the joint task force between the agriculture department and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has looked closely at this issue.

 

Certainly a lot of the discussion the beef task force has addressed this as we have heard from businessowners wanting to build a facility but we need a trained workforce. She said.

 

The Agriculture Secretary praised Career Tech for working quickly to make this a reality.

 

Career Tech has quickly been able to address this, Arthur said.

 

Once a qualified workforce is in place, training meat inspectors is the next step, Arthur said...

 

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