California college grant for ag workers

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From staff reports

Workers in the Salinas Valley of California can now take advantage of free college classes (non- credit) that are intended to help them gain new skills for working in the agriculture industry, which should lead to higher wages. 

Hartnell College has received a $260,000 grant from the Bank of America that will be used for courses that focus on agricultural production, processing and manufacturing. In addition, there will be hands-on training where participants will earn $15-18 an hour for up to 10 hours a week. The goal of the training is to lead workers to higher paying, full-time job opportunities in roles such as food safety technicians, human resource technicians, frontline agriculture supervisors and small-scale organic farm managers. 

The Ag Tech Workforce Initiative grant is a three-year grant that began last month. It is anticipated workers will be paid upwards of $29 per hour through the training they receive from Hartnell College.

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