ERIC Number: EJ849792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
A Model Food Entrepreneur Assistance and Education Program: The Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship
Cranwell, Michele R.; Kolodinsky, Jane M.; Donnelly, Catherine W.; Downing, Donald L.; Padilla-Zakour, Olga I.
Journal of Food Science Education, v4 n4 p56-65 Oct 2005
The Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship (NECFE) is a collaborative effort between Cornell Univ. and the Univ. of Vermont. NECFE uses a multi-institutional and regional collaboration approach, with specific expertise and necessary facilities and resources, to provide technical assistance and education for businesses in the food industry. The overall goals of NECFE are to support and sustain rural businesses and promote sustainable economic development of rural communities. Through process evaluation techniques, the evaluators of NECFE identified 5 essential components of a model food entrepreneurship assistance and education center, based on NECFE's experience: (1) multi-institutional and regional collaboration, (2) expertise, (3) facilities and resources, (4) services, and (5) evaluation of the center. These components build on each other and enable NECFE to provide clients with access to current food processing technology, technical information, and education that are directly applicable to a real business. Through replication of this model, other organizations and academic institutions may establish a regional food entrepreneurship assistance and education center.
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Economic Development, Food, Entrepreneurship, Models, Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Technical Assistance, Expertise, Educational Facilities, Evaluation Methods, Program Evaluation, Food Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York; Vermont