The Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence (ANR) is one of 11 Centers of Excellence in Washington State that link business, industry, labor, government, and the state’s educational systems to create highly skilled and readily available workforce critical to the success of the state’s economy.
ANR, a statewide resource housed at Walla Walla Community College, enhances agricultural and natural resource industries in Washington State by supporting programs offered at community and technical colleges – serving 27 of the states 34 colleges. ANR services ensure the efficient use of resources for workforce development activities and initiatives by nurturing a culture of cooperation within the college system, and is a resource to promote agriculture and natural resource education, cultivate relationships that support the creation and sharing of curricula, expand and strengthen degree/certificate programs, and facilitate professional development for college faculty.
Director Lindsey Williams
Lindsey serves as the Director of the Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence (ANR), with several years of experience with both the Center of Excellence (COE) model and the Community and Technical College (CTC) system. Prior to her time with ANR, she spent 2 years as Education Assistant for the WWCC Water & Environmental Center. Leaning on her background in forestry and agricultural research, as well as a love for education at multiple levels, she brings a unique level of investment to the agriculture and natural resource sectors in Washington, and education of their workforce.
Lindsey earned her B.S. in Forestry at Washington State University, and while doing so, worked for the USDA-ARS in Grain Legume Genetics research, which gave her an unexpected, but welcome, love of agriculture. She graduated from AgForestry Class 40, after two years representing ANR statewide while focusing on agricultural leadership with classmates from a wide variety of agriculture and natural resource backgrounds, and now serves as the Program Manager for Class 43 while AgForestry completes a long-term strategic planning process. Lindsey also holds Executive Certificates from Cornell University in Diversity and Inclusion, Marketing Strategy, and Project Leadership.
With ANR, Lindsey serves as Chair and Legislative Outreach Chair for the statewide consortium of COEs. She has been able to bring her enthusiasm for education and Washington’s agriculture and natural resources together to assist colleges and industry partners statewide with connection opportunities, global recognition, and community education, while continually increasing her knowledge about the many facets of these industries.
To contact Lindsey: 509.527.4635 or [email protected]
Coordinator Ceana Pacheco
Ceana received her BS in Environmental Studies with a Minor in Geography from Portland State University. As an undergrad, she practiced and promoted the principles of stewardship and restoration with Johnson Creek Watershed Council in Portland to improve and enhance the health of a vital salmon tributary within an urban landscape. During the summers Ceana studied and conducted sustainable agricultural soil and water conservation practices with the USDA ARS outside Pendleton. Together, these professional experiences have melded the principles of conservation, sustainability, stewardship, and restoration into a desire to meaningfully impact her community and the next generation of workforce.
As Coordinator for the Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence Ceana works to foster communicative and collaborative relationships between Industry and Education to link students with local jobs in the agriculture and natural resource sectors. Ceana looks forward to her role at Walla Walla Community College and throughout Washington State in supporting and promoting economic and social vitality within the Centers of Excellence.
To contact Ceana: 509-527-4635 or [email protected]
Ag Data Intern Kayla Peterson
Kayla is working towards a bachelor’s of applied science degree in Ag Systems at Walla Walla Community College. After graduation she has goals to work in forestry and natural resources. With experience in social media marketing and volunteer conservation work, Kayla is able to help with many projects. While working with ANR, Kayla would like to help other students on their path to success like others have helped her.