20 California Food Producer EDITION 2, 2017 Editor’s Note: Many companies in California’s food processing industry face challenges in finding and retaining qualified workers, including those with the right mix of technical skills that are so critical to plant operations. CLFP asked three educational institutions about their manufacturing training programs, their use of modern technology and how food processors can partner in programs. Participating in the question and answer interviews were: DAVID ALEXANDER, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Mechantronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, California State University, Chico STUART VAN HORN, Chancellor, West Hills College, Coalinga ALEX ALEXANDROU, Professor, Mechanized Agriculture, Department of Plant Science, California State University, Fresno DAVID ALEXANDER, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO Tell me about your program. California State University, Chico Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, is home to three accredited programs that emphasize hands-on learning and doing in engineering and manufacturing. Our program provides students with in-depth knowledge in the fundamentals of math and science while providing many opportunities to apply this knowledge in laboratories, student clubs, research and capstone senior design. The Capstone Design Program at Chico State partners senior-level engineering students with industry sponsors to design, build and test solutions to real-world problems. Engineering faculty members oversee all design projects, bringing to bear their own research in key engineering disciplines. Students gain valuable experience as they apply theory to practice, while industry sponsors benefit from introductions to young talent and the innovative solutions they present. Such collaboration prepares our students for positions with top companies, advances our faculty’s cutting-edge research, provides innovative solutions to our industry Training Workers to Advanced The Capstone Design Program at Chico State partners senior-level engineering students with industry sponsors to design, build and test solutions to real-world problems. The Capstone Design Program at Chico State partners senior-level engineering students with industry sponsors to design, build and test solutions to real-world problems. Chico State’s Capstone Design Program partners senior-level engineering students with industry sponsors to design, build and test solutions to real-world problems.