The purpose of the new Center is to support the poultry industry by developing a diverse and highly trained workforce with the skills and knowledge needed to move the industry forward in the 21st-century.
Mountaire is a combination of two agricultural food production and processing companies providing work for over 10,000 people at facilities in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.
“We are excited about the opportunity to work directly with Delaware Valley University to ensure that the poultry industry will have a well educated and trained workforce moving forward,” said Phillip Plylar, president of Mountaire Farms, Inc.
The new Poultry Science Center will provide hands-on learning through DelVal’s award winning experiential learning program, Experience360. “DelVal was founded more than 125 years ago on the premise of experiential education, or learning by doing,” said Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, President of Delaware Valley University.
“Animal science students at DelVal work directly with animals from year one of their studies,” shared Dr. Broc Sandelin, dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
Both DelVal and Mountaire Farms are engaged in the global One Health initiative, a multi- disciplinary approach that works locally, regionally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal well-being for people and society, the environment and plants, and animals.
These shared values are one example of the way the two entities will work together.
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