St. Lawrence College offers CEA program

“Colleges are an integral part of supporting the CEA workforce"

St. Lawrence College will soon bring a new academic offering to its syllabus on the Cornwall campus, thanks to a new partnership.

A Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) program will be available to students from September 12 – November 4, 2022, to help prepare individuals for employment in the agricultural technology sector as it pertains to greenhouses and indoor farms growing food, pharmaceutical, and alternative crops.

The course curriculum includes lessons on; Controlled Environment Crops, Integrated Pest Management, Plant Propagation, and CEA business modeling. Content will be instructed at St. Lawrence College, and labs will take place with instruction from expert growers at ZipGrow’s indoor farm facility that utilizes hydroponic tower technology.

This education will prepare individuals for a career in indoor farms and greenhouses that produce food, cannabis, or ornamental crops. “There are few opportunities in the ag-tech sector where students can receive hands-on training in an indoor vertical farm setting,” said Eric Lang, President of ZipGrow. “We have the resources and knowledge to provide an educational pathway and opportunity for more individuals to enter this exciting field.”

“Colleges are an integral part of supporting the workforce for jobs in new and up-and-coming sectors,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President, and CEO of St. Lawrence College. “This experience goes beyond the classroom and allows students to gain experience in a real working environment of a modern-day industry.”

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