OCtech Helps Establish Food Science Program for Multicultural Students


Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Trident Technical College will partner with Clemson University to establish a food science and technology program for students from multicultural backgrounds.  Students will begin at one of the technical colleges and finish their degree at Clemson.

“Potential students will be amazed at the wide array of well-paying career choices in the food science and technology field,” said Dr. William Hair, Dean of Math and Natural Sciences at OCtech.  “I look forward to exploring all the exciting options with students who are interested in this new program.”

The grant, worth nearly $440,000, lasts five years and will provide money for recruiting, training and mentoring students through the program.  Students will attend OCtech for two years before transferring to Clemson to finish their degree in food science that will also include a study abroad semester over the summer.  Students will learn about food science career choices that offer professional advancement opportunities and will enable them to make a difference in their communities.  The program will include industry internships.

“Feeding a growing global population is a major challenge in the 21st century,” said James Barker, president of Clemson, in a news release. “Education to equip a new generation to meet this challenge will require innovative and collaborative approaches. Critical to the success of these efforts will be the participation of under-represented populations. This program will be a model to attract and retain minority students in our agriculture and food science and technology programs.”

The program will begin in Fall 2013.  Scholarships are available for those who qualify.  For more information, please contact Dr. William Hair, 803.535.1283, HAIRW@OCtech.edu.

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