GrowNextGen industry leader

Rebecca Singer

President and CEO, CIFT

Rebecca knows a lot about: food science, food technology, careers, credentials

CIFT strives to provide business and technical assistance to the food and agricultural industry through advanced technology, innovative business models, improved efficiencies, best practices, and creative solutions. Whether assisting an entrepreneur develop a product or a nationally recognized food processor enhance operations, a full spectrum of resources and engagement is pursued.

What is the benefit of collaboration between industry and education?
In order to develop a dedicated workforce, people need to be inspired, feel connected, and understand the possibilities associated with the career. There is no better way to demonstrate that than to connect those performing the functions currently with those who could aspire to do so into the future.

What value/assistance can you and your company provide to teachers and classrooms as they connect with you?
CIFT can provide resources for in classroom activities, connections to local food processors, tours of a cooperative kitchen to demonstrate production processes, and a comprehensive overview of the industry. Also, CIFT has 2 food-focused credentials available to students.