Workforce DevelopmentLooking to make a difference in solving the agricultural technician workforce gap? Want to help ensure the technicians of tomorrow are learning the skills they need to effectively service the equipment of the future?

AEM encourages its ag members to participate in the development of the Technical Applications in Agriculture (TAA) project – an initiative spearheaded by Central Lakes College (Minn.) and AgCentric to help the growing agricultural technician workforce gap.

“AEM and its members are passionate about securing a bright future for ag equipment manufacturers and the customers they serve,” said AEM Director of Workforce Development Julie Davis. “In engaging with this initiative, AEM members can help pave the way for future ag technicians and help build momentum for agriculture as a whole.”

A group of partners, led by AgCentric at Central Lakes College and CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) along with Northland Community and Technical College (Minn.), Ridgewater College (Minn.), and industry collaborators, will bring together educators, equipment manufacturers and equipment dealers to further develop the initiative. Ultimately, the goal of the TAA project is to help high school students learn about – and successfully prepare for – a career in the industry.

“As the agriculture industry employs more precision technology, the demand for trained talent grows significantly, said Keith Olander, director of AgCentric and Dean of Agricultural Studies at Central Lakes College. “This project will support high school and college programs in training youth for technical applications in agriculture by building and replicating an industry led model of career readiness. Partnering education and industry is a powerful way to make an impact in a rapidly growing field of employment.”

For more information on the TAA project and how to get involved, as well as AEM’s workforce development efforts, contact AEM’s Julie Davis at jdavis@aem.org.

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