Poultry Training Program Approved
Up until now, there has never been a formal poultry training program in the state of Minnesota. The avian influenza outbreak in 2015 that wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens emphasized the need for training for entry level positions to highly skilled researchers.
Starting Fall 2021, three advanced online poultry classes will be offered at the University of Minnesota including:
These courses will be building blocks for students working towards an undergraduate poultry minor, a graduate poultry health certificate for higher-level training in poultry health, or a master's in applied poultry science. Johnson explains,"It’s a 'stackable' model that can allow students or working professionals to advance from one degree to the next and 'work their way up the ladder.'" Individual classes can also be taken without obtaining a certificate or degree, allowing anyone to have access to the various courses, or create a custom blend, based on their education needs. For more information, please visit the Stackable Poultry Training Programs website or read, "New poultry training program begins this fall at Ridgewater College and University of Minnesota," written by Carolyn Lange, West Central Tribune, Willmar, MN.