A California program is being organized to assist returning service members seeking training in agricultural fields. West Hills College Coalinga will join forces with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; California State University, Fresno and College of the Sequoias to develop plans in an effort to prepare veterans for long-term agricultural careers. These educational institutions will work with the International Agri-Center, Tulare, in its development of the “Ag Warriors” program.

West Hills College Coalinga has a well developed program in agriculture and industrial science for various background students, and the college is most proud of its Farm of the Future.

Many veterans who might otherwise excel in agriculture lack the requisite training, certification, familiarity or access to initiate careers in agriculture, it was noted in the program announcement. The Ag Warriors program will be partially facilitated through the International Agri-Center.

"We're looking to the experts to help us develop the educational aspect of Ag Warriors," said Stacey Beachy of the International Agri-Center. "With commitments from Cal Poly, Fresno State, COS and now West Hills, we're one step closer to helping veterans get the training they need to secure professional careers in the agriculture industry."

The program will officially launch at the Ag Warriors Gala on February 15, 2012 during World Ag Expo in Tulare. For more information, about Ag Warriors visit www.AgWarriors.com