High school grads urged to try 3-day dairy bootcamp
‘The dairy industry is in need of workers, this bootcamp is the perfect opportunity for someone who is on the search for a well-paying and debt-free start to their career.’
Press Release, Genesee County Economic Development Center
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article said the program was limited to Genesee County high school graduates, but it is open to those outside Genesee as well.
BATAVIA – Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will be hosting a free three-day dairy processing bootcamp at the Genesee Valley BOCES from June 28 through June 30 for local high school students including those outside Genesee County.
The program is designed for career-ready individuals seeking opportunities in the dairy manufacturing and dairy processing industries. The program starts each day at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.
The Genesee County Economic Development Center and the Workforce Development Institute provided the funding for the program. The bootcamp program will connect high school graduates with local manufacturers such as HP Hood, O-AT-KA Milk Products and Upstate Milk Cooperative in Batavia, and Yancey’s Fancy in Pembroke.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our local high school graduates to get on a successful career pathway without having to immediately go to college and perhaps avoid incurring student loan debt,” said Chris Suozzi, Vice President of Business & Workforce Development at the GCEDC. “The participants will be receiving top tier instruction from Cornell University which will include hands-on training simulation experience, plant tours and more.”
There are currently over 100 available dairy manufacturing and dairy processing positions at these Genesee County businesses with average starting salaries of approximately $20 per hour. Human resource representatives from the various companies will be on hand to explain career path options, job duties and the application process.
“We have instructors with years of experience in the dairy field and bring an extensive amount of knowledge to this program,” said Cornell Dairy Processing & Marketing Specialist, Anika Zuber Gianforte. “The dairy industry is in need of workers, this bootcamp is the perfect opportunity for someone who is on the search for a well-paying and debt-free start to their career.”
To register for the upcoming Cornell in High School Dairy Processing Bootcamp, click here.
Students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school degree to participate. Additional information is available at gcedc.com/workforceprograms.