Do you remember last year when meat was difficult to find?
When the lockdowns went into effect, and major meat producers had to scale back production in the fight against COVID-19, many Oklahomans sought out local sources of meat. However, that highlighted a new problem: workforce shortages.
In this episode, we examine Oklahoma’s meat shortage and how teamwork from all over the state seeks to train more meat processors to prevent another shortage.
We’ll examine how Oklahoma lawmakers responded to the initial meat shortage and began to expand the state’s local processing capacity.
We’ll look into how CareerTech teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to train a new workforce in a partnership that paid dividends.
We’ll hit the road to check out high schools and tech centers adding meat processing to their curriculum.
Check out the new Mobile Meat Processing Lab – a refrigerated semi-trailer converted into a classroom on wheels.
A new Oklahoma-certified beef standard seeks to help farmers and ranchers market their meat directly to consumers.
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While the world around us changes rapidly, some may choose to hang on to the familiar things in life. For others, this may be the perfect time to make changes for themselves.
Next time on CareerTech Horizon, we go to TriCounty Tech in Bartlesville, where a new take on an old program trains students for a new career in less than a month, so they can fill some of the most pressing needs of their community. All that, during a pandemic that has forced educators to re-think what school looks like.
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