Lakeland’s food safety and quality program blends the science of biology and chemistry with best business practices to prepare students for careers in food processing.
Graduates will be well-rounded manufacturing professionals equipped to advance in the production of food, while also possessing finance, management philosophy and other skills needed to lead people to their potential.
Unlike a food science degree, which prepares students for food research and development, Lakeland’s food safety and quality program focuses on the safe production of food. Students in the program will learn from food industry leaders by working and earning credit both in Lakeland’s classrooms and at local employers.
Who should enroll in the program?
For people already working in the food industry, the degree offers an opportunity to explore new roles or a new career path.
Lakeland will work with experienced food service employees and their employers to design their own coursework that will allow them to earn academic credit for projects happening at their workplace.
Courses can be taken via Lakeland’s BlendEd and BlendEd Live formats, providing flexibility for students who have full-time jobs.
The degree is also ideal for employers seeking professional development opportunities for their employees.
Lakeland plans to build a state-of-the-art, on-campus lab allowing hands-on experience that replicates the work students will find on the job, a project funded in part by a $500,000 gift from Johnsonville Foods.
Other food industry partners involved in the development of the program include: SSL Industries, Sargento, Masters Gallery Foods, Old Wisconsin, Usinger’s, Klement’s Sausage and Miesfeld’s.