The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a five-year, $439,920 grant to Clemson University to partner with Trident Technical College and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College to build an innovative program in Food Science and Technology for students from multicultural backgrounds.
The goal of the program is to graduate 12 students with a bachelor of science degree in Food Science and Technology that will enable them to pursue rewarding careers in the food and agricultural industries, according to a press release.
"Feeding a growing global population is a major challenge in the 21st century," said Clemson University President James F. Barker. "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 underrepresented populations. This program will be a model to attract and retain minority students in our agriculture and food science and technology programs."
Trident Tech President Mary Thornley said it was an exciting time for food science.
"Each day we learn more about the effects of food on health, and with an increasing population the need for a sustainable and affordable food supply is critical," she said. "We look forward to working with Clemson to educate the next generation of food researchers whose work will shape the future of South Carolina's agribusiness industry."
The partnership between the three institutions will be the framework for recruiting, training and mentoring students throughout the program. Students will complete two years at one of the technical colleges and then transfer to Clemson to complete their bachelor of science degree in Food Science.