The C3T Hawaii Community College Consortium is developing workforce programs to meet key economic initiatives in the Agriculture sector identified in the "New Day In Hawaii" plan. These initiatives include:
Lower the Cost of Farming for Community-Based Entrepreneurs
Raise the Supply of Local Food
Raise the Demand for Local Food
Support Agricultural Exporting
Support Individual Participation Through Storm Water Recapture and Community, School and Family Gardens
In December 2012, the State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Research and Economic Analysis Division published Hawaii's Targeted & Emerging Industries 2012 Updated Report. The report stated that "The 23,300 jobs in Agribusiness are found in 2012 in a range of interrelated industry groups that support and service the core farm sector… The best performing Agribusiness industry group over the 2002 to 2012 cycle was the relatively small, Aquaculture industry with a 3.4% average annual increase in jobs. Another high-performing group in agribusiness during the 2002-2012 period was Agricultural Support Services. This group experienced a job growth in most years of the measurement period turning in an average 2.7% job growth per year over the 2002 to 2012 period."
By clicking on the "Documents" tab below, you will find the most current inventory of workforce training programs and courses that will meet the growing needs of the agriculture sector being developed by the University of Hawaii C3T Consortium. These workforce solutions are being developed in partnership with the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the four (4) county Workforce Investment Boards and the One-Stop providers along with business, industry and our partnership of community based organizations.