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The University Magazine

$1.1 million grant bolsters food and beverage industry

Armed with $1.1 million in federal funding, RIT is joining area business groups to create a regional education and training institute to provide high-skill training in the food and beverage manufacturing industry.

James Myers
James Myers ’86, ’93

Congressman Thomas M. Reynolds (R-Clarence, N.Y.) announced the grant, which was secured through the U.S. Department of Labor.

“The training efforts will address the industry-wide and the industry specific competencies for the advanced food and beverage manufacturing industry,” says James Myers ’86, ’93 (hotel and resort management, M.S. packaging science), director of RIT’s Center for Multidisciplinary Studies and principal investigator for the project.

The RIT initiative plans to train 600 adults and 175 youths.

RIT is partnering with Constellation Brands, Wegmans Food Markets, the New York Wine and Culinary Center and its educational/industrial consortium members, Rochester Works!, Finger LakesWorks and the Workforce Investment Board of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties on the initiative.

John Follaco