WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University will offer several online professional development courses and programs for food and agri-food professionals through October 2020.
This summer, the center is offering for the first time live two-hour online micro-courses focusing on topics relevant to today’s agri-food environment. Participants will learn about cutting-edge tools and discuss with fellow participants and faculty teachers how best to use these tools. Micro-course offerings include Scenario Planning: Building Resilience in Uncertain Times (June 30); Organizational and personal resilience (July 15); and the financial implications for your business (August 5). To ensure faculty interaction with participants, limited places are available for each course.
The center also offers distinctive online experiences. The courses are Precision Selling (July 29-30), Building Agro-Marketing Foundations (August 11-14) and Strategic Agro-Marketing (October 6-9). These programs are open to anyone and offer a useful mix of concepts, practical tools and examples. Each course uses specialized online teaching methods that provide increased one-on-one interaction with faculty and networking opportunities with fellow participants.
“Online screen time is reserved for discussions to avoid exposing participants to long periods of learning at a computer,” said Scott Downey, director of the center and professor of agricultural economics.
“While we cannot accept visitors to campus at this time due to COVID-19, we are keen to maintain our partnership with industry and continue to be a resource for professionals,” said Downey. “Frankly, this is a great time to invest in learning. The centre’s team has used decades of experience in both online and in-person programs to carefully develop micro-courses and transition programs to online delivery. We’ve made every effort to avoid the traditional webinar format so that attendees have the same high-quality learning and networking experience as if they had come to campus. While we look forward to resuming in-person delivery in November, recent online learner ratings are on par or better than in-person versions of similar programs offered a year ago. In addition, we are excited about the micro-course offerings, which are all new to us. “
The price for each micro-course is $ 250. A reduced rate is available for those who register for all three. The price for Precision Selling is $ 2,195 and the price for each marketing program is $ 2,395. Learn more and register at https://agribusiness.purdue.edu/online-programs/.
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