TOLEDO, Ohio — The Center for Innovative Food Technology now has two industry-recognized credentials through the Ohio Department of Education.
Established as the CIFT Food Industry Certification, the program provides two recognized, food industry credentials that can verify high school student expertise in the areas of agriculture, food and natural resources, bioscience, food science and safety, bioresearch and food marketing and research.
CIFT student credentials provide a solution to the growing demand for skilled workers in the food industry, said Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT.
To be eligible for the CIFT Food Industry Associate credential, a student must complete 120 hours of training combined with 100 hours of hands-on experience.
For the CIFT Food Industry Specialist credential, a student must complete 480 hours of training and 500 hours of hands-on experience.
As these students enter the workforce, CIFT encourages companies to seek candidates who have acquired the credentials.
More details on the credentials, including requirements, current recipients and the application are available at ciftinnovation.org.