Edmonds Community College News
College awarded grant for Sustainable Agriculture EducationRelease Date: October 19th, 2012
Edmonds Community College has been awarded a $900,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Collaborative.
In partnership with Skagit Valley College, Seattle Central Community College, and Washington State University, Edmonds Community College will lead the SAgE Collaborative in preparing students for emerging green careers in sustainable agriculture and related environmental fields.
With a focus on agricultural best practices within urban, suburban, and rural landscapes, the SAgE Collaborative will:
• develop new and improve existing innovative community college curriculum,
• offer field-based research and real-world service and internship opportunities,
• design education and career pathways from secondary school through two- and four-year institutions,
• establish a metro and rural student farm in cooperation with farm partners, and
• expand the collaborative throughout Puget Sound to demonstrate a bioregional model for sustainable agriculture education and community development.
Jason Niebler, SAgE Collaborative Project Director, envisions the development of agriculture programs that, “are founded on the principles of agro-ecology and engage students in creative solutions to environmental and socioeconomic problems through the lens of sustainable food systems and production.”
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Established in 1967, accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and governed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Edmonds Community College strengthens our diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service, and lifelong learning. The college serves more than 20,000 students annually. The college is the recipient of 20 National Science Foundation grants, which allow it to provide more opportunities for students particularly in the area of science, technology, engineering, and math.
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