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    NGA, Kraft and Food Institute to Launch Student Learning Service

    The service, including career center and faculty assistance to develop course work, should launch in August.

    The National Grocers Association (NGA) and the Food Institute, in cooperation with Kraft Foods, said yesterday they are launching Student Learning Service, a program designed to assist students pursuing a food industry career.

    The Student Learning Service (SLS) will make industry information from the Food Institute accessible to the students and faculty of the member schools of the NGA Food Industry University Coalition (FIUC). 
     
    The SLS will provide features including:
    -- Access to food industry data to support student efforts, particularly reports and presentations;
    -- Details on job opportunities;
    -- “Real time” information on developments within the food industry; and
    -- Faculty assistance to develop course work.
     
    The new service will make the most of Web technology, supporters said, and will include components such as: access to Food Institute databases/information resources through the FI website and NGA Web site; a career center; and a subscription to Food Institute publications.

    Each university’s Web site also will provide access.
     
    The Student Career Center, aimed directly at the students, will include details on part-time summer employment and internships. In close association with the NGA Coalition, FI would actively seek participation among all companies in the food industry (major corporations, processors, wholesalers, retailers, etc.) to solicit graduates and students, and would also actively solicit students for posting.
     
    Organizers expect the program to launch in August, to coincide with the start of the 2008-09 academic year.

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