Skill Standards Answer Two Critical Questions:

  • What do workers need to know and be able to do in order to be successful in today‚Äôs workplace?
  • How do we know when workers are performing well?

To learn more about skill standards and the need to eliminate gaps, visit 100 Chairs.


Agriculture Skill Standards

  • Agricultural & Diesel Equipment Mechanic
  • Irrigation Technician
  • John Deere Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Turf Equipment Service Technician
  • Turf Management Technician

Food Processing

Northwest Food Processors Association Skill Standards Manual

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Maintenance/General Mechanic
  • Operator
  • Sanitation
  • Trimmer/Inspector/Belt Sorter

Irrigation Technology Skills Panel

The Agriculture Center of Excellence initiated a Skills Panel for Irrigation Technology.The Center contacted over 200 industry representatives and organizations, from a list provided by the Walla Walla Community College Irrigation Technology Program.The Skills Panel was hosted on February 23rd, 2011, in Ellensburg at Central Washington University. Industry participation in the Skills Panel was limited due to inclement weather on the day of the event, approximately 40 participants confirmed attendance, due to snow and winter driving conditions only seven industry representatives attended the event. The participant number allowed for more feedback and discussion, resulting in a large number of edits for the Irrigation Technology Skill Standard, which was last updated in 1999.

Thank you to the Skills Panel Participants:

Sustainable Agriculture Education

The Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) program at Seattle Central Community College was made possible through the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grant. The principle objective of the SAgE program is to address the increasing demand for technicians skilled in agricultural practices that support an ecological balance between farm and environment and who understand the complex interdependencies of urban and global food systems. A DACUM was developed by Seattle Central Community College in partnerhsip with Agrow Knowledge in 2008. In 2010, a Sustainable Agriculture & Education Concepts brochure was created to highlight industry definitions and the recently developed SAgE program.

DACUM for Urban Food Systems Technicians

Sustainable Agriculture Education & Concepts