May 13, 2020
Oklahoma Panhandle State University honored its partnership with Seaboard Foods at the Oklahoma State Regents Business Partnership event on April 27. State Regents’ Chair Michael C. Turpen, State Regent Courtney Warmington, State Regent Steven W. Taylor, and Chancellor Allison D. Garrett participated in the ceremony.
University President, Dr. Julie Dinger commented, “We at OPSU are grateful to our friends at Seaboard Foods, our Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award recipient this year. We thank them for all they do to support the Aggie Nation every day.”
A working partnership for over 25 years, Panhandle State and Seaboard Foods have worked to improve workforce development. Seaboard Foods is dedicated to serving the local community by supporting charities and organizations and providing academic resources to OPSU. Seaboard Foods plays an important role in the education of students in the university’s agriculture and business programs by offering internships, tours, work opportunities, and recruiting at college fairs. The company’s “Winternship” Program gives students a hands-on experience in the industry and provides networking opportunities with company experts. Many OPSU students secure management-level positions at Seaboard Foods before graduation.
“We have focused on growing deep relationships in the places we call home. With both our pork processing plant and farm operations located in the Oklahoma panhandle, we have proudly taken an active role in supporting Oklahoma Panhandle State University,” said Gomez. “Strong educational systems build a strong community and we’re proud to invest in OPSU and its students.”
Seaboard Foods is committed to supporting local farmers and businesses in the areas where it operates, and its partnership with OPSU is a part of that commitment. By supporting the education and career development of local students, Seaboard Foods is helping to build a skilled workforce that will contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the region.
“Our colleges and universities continue collaborating successfully with public, private and nonprofit partners to strengthen economic and workforce development across Oklahoma,” said Garrett. “Producing more workforce-ready graduates by increasing communication with employers and connecting students to the workforce sooner is a fundamental goal of Blueprint 2030, the State Regents’ new strategic plan for public higher education. We are proud to recognize these partnerships and their positive impact on Oklahoma businesses and communities.”
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