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Partnering to Develop a 2-Year Degree at Community College of RI

The Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association (RINLA) and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) are collaborating with college, university, state agencies, and organizations – in an innovative public/private partnership – to define, develop, and implement curriculum for a two-year associate degree focused on agriculture and food systems at the Community College of Rhode Island.

The goal of this alliance is to provide students with cross-disciplinary educational and experiential learning opportunities grounded in science and technology with curriculum that has been developed based on industry input and demand for a workforce trained for the 21st century. Our anticipated project audience will be drawn from graduating high school students as well as under-served populations.

RINLA and RIFPC are collaborating with organizations representing these communities through their workforce training programs, and value their expertise in working in urban, suburban, and rural settings and building clear lines of communication and programs that structurally demand strong partnerships.

This 2-year degree will link to existing higher educational programs at the University of Rhode Island and also strengthen pipeline connectivity to RINLA’s award-winning and nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship Program, which provides job-based training where participants can earn while they learn.

Rhode Island’s small scale makes it a perfect laboratory for trialing new strategies and improving existing strategies, which call for creative and collaborative solutions that have the potential for adoption by other institutions and organizations.

Come back and check for updates and news about this degree with stackable credentials.

Related College & University Programs in Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island, College of Environment and Life Sciences
Community College of Rhode Island
Brown University: Environmental Studies
Roger Williams University: Sustainability Studies
Salve Regina University: Environmental Studies
Bristol Community College: Sustainable Agriculture degree and Environmental Certificate Program

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