FARGO — The North Dakota State College of Science is now enrolling students for its new meat processing program.

School officials say the pandemic exposed workforce shortage problems in the field. Now, the school has started the program to prepare students for the currently high-demand career field.

It's a nine-month program. Students will do their first semester at NDSCS, then eight weeks at North Dakota State University's meat laboratory. The final eight weeks will be an internship at a small meat processing facility or retail store.

"So I just think there's some unique opportunities that that are available for people to maybe control their destiny just a little bit with it with a fairly short program," says Craig Zimprich, NDSCS's Agriculture Department Chair.

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The program will begin this fall. Those interested in learning more about the progam can find out more information here.