Sustainability • Sustainable Food

Success Stories

Grown Local Sign

Lincoln Land Community College created a new certificate program aimed at farmers, entrepreneurs, and food service professionals, to meet the growing demand for sustainably-grown local food. The program offers hands-on training in cooking and food preparation, as well as team-oriented environment to spur innovation.

Fresh Produce in a Wheelbarrow

Lincoln Land Community College developed a four course certificate program/ in value-added local food. The curricula teaches creative cooking with locally produced food as well as explores new entrepreneurial opportunities. This provides area farmers with the resources needed to either develop new businesses or find business partners in sustainable food production. The Value-Added program has […]

Green House

Due to the Sustainable Food Production certificate program at Triton College, student Regina Milkovich couldn’t be happier with her job prospects. Participation in the program has provided Milkovich with many opportunities for collaboration, internships, and jobs. The program focuses on current policy challenges and reform of the food system to promote community health and the environment.

Marina Garcia

One of the programs that helped was IGEN Career Pathways, which used the NTER Learning System for the Plant Propagation course. This online education environment was a great tool for turning in homework, watching course related videos, and having a discussions with classmates.

Deb Figura

“One of my passions in life has always been the plant world. Getting paid to do what one loves is an added bonus. Working at the College of Lake County will help me keep up-to-date on current trends, use my degrees, and encourage me to learn even more from my work experience with instructors, staff, and students.”

Lettuce in a Farmers Field

“We are very proud of what our students have achieved and appreciate the support from Career Pathways, most of our students have jobs or internships before even completing a certificate,” says Ben Newton, Sustainable Agriculture Grant Coordinator.