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20237044040176

Project Grant

Overview

Grant Description
Non-Technical Summary

Bergen Community College (BCC) recognizes the changing skill demands of local agriculture and food industries, the effect of the pandemic on farming practices, and the need to offer consumers and employers food source and supply options promoting and supporting sustainable farming in Northern New Jersey. The NextGen Project will build the college's capacity to prepare students for future USDA and regional workforce needs within diverse industries supporting food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences and career clusters.

The project supports student scholarship, student mentorships (peer, faculty, and employer), experiential learning, and outreach and engagement activities driven by local food products and processing (FPP) systems supporting sustainable farm-to-table, food production, and safety practices. It also focuses on environmental service systems (ESS) supporting instruments and technology in waste management and sustainable farming, as well as plant systems (PS) developing learning labs for hydroponics and creating community farming opportunities recognizing cultural practices. Additionally, the project addresses agri-business systems (ABS) supporting the study of business principles, including management, marketing, and finance, and their application to enterprises engaged in agriculture, food, and natural resources.

Through increased community awareness of sustainable farming practices, the project also hopes to address food insecurities by supporting opportunities for residents to source their own grown food products. BCC aims to provide nutritious, student campus-grown, harvested, and prepared options for its food pantry to help address the hunger needs of peers.

The project will increase awareness and interest in FANH and career pathways at USDA, targeting high school students, enrolled BCC students, and underserved students, including Hispanic, other minority, and disabled individuals. It will also identify and address programmatic gaps in providing education and skills training in key FANH system areas, leading to work experience, employment, certification, and degree opportunities. Over the five-year grant period, the project will provide FANH occupation exploration, educational advancement, and career pathway opportunities in regional food and agriculture for more than 600 students. It will also develop pre-employment training and support services to increase paid employment and/or career pathway opportunities in FANH-related occupations for individuals who are disabled, including neurodiverse youth and adults.
Place of Performance
Paramus, New Jersey 07652-1508 United States
Geographic Scope
Single Zip Code
Bergen Community College was awarded NextGen Project: Sustainable Farming & FANH Career Pathways Project Grant 20237044040176 worth $4,500,000 from the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community in June 2023 with work to be completed primarily in Paramus New Jersey United States. The grant has a duration of 4 years and was awarded through assistance program 10.237 From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals. The Project Grant was awarded through grant opportunity From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals.

Status
(Ongoing)

Last Modified 6/5/23

Period of Performance
6/1/23
Start Date
5/31/27
End Date
25.0% Complete

Funding Split
$4.5M
Federal Obligation
$0.0
Non-Federal Obligation
$4.5M
Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

Activity Timeline

Interactive chart of timeline of amendments to 20237044040176

Additional Detail

Award ID FAIN
20237044040176
SAI Number
None
Award ID URI
SAI EXEMPT
Awardee Classifications
Hispanic-Serving Institution
Awarding Office
12348V INSTITUTE OF YOUTH, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY (IYFC)
Funding Office
12348V INSTITUTE OF YOUTH, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY (IYFC)
Awardee UEI
HK3BF6TPP724
Awardee CAGE
3MXQ0
Performance District
05
Senators
Robert Menendez
Cory Booker
Representative
Josh Gottheimer

Budget Funding

Federal Account Budget Subfunction Object Class Total Percentage
Research and Education Activities, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture (012-1500) Agricultural research and services Grants, subsidies, and contributions (41.0) $4,500,000 100%
Modified: 6/5/23