Seaboard Foods Donates $170,000 to Seward County Community College
Seward County Community College and Seaboard Foods partner to provide educational pathways for employees
Guymon, Okla., June 3, 2019— Today Seaboard Foods joined forces with Seward County Community College (SCCC) to provide educational pathways for Seaboard Foods’ employees with a $170,000 commitment spanning the next 3.5 years.
As part of the partnership, SCCC will provide one free college class in any discipline to Seaboard Foods employees. Employees from any of Seaboard Foods’ five-state locations are eligible to take classes from SCCC, including in-person, online or blend-flex formats.
“Seaboard Foods is grateful to have such a strong educational institution in our community like SCCC,” says Alaina Sill, recruiting and talent acquisition manager at Seaboard Foods. “We want to support education in our area, not just for our employees, but for everyone. Education builds strong leaders and provides skills and knowledge, which leads to more vibrant communities and greater opportunity.”
In addition to the SCCC program, the company also launched educational programs for employees, such as tuition reimbursement for employees who have worked with the company six months or more, trainings about financial literacy, apprenticeships and virtual learning from internal industry experts.
“Our goal is to encourage our employees to be life-long learners. We want to help foster curiosity, enhance understanding of the world, provide useful skills and improve quality of life. Education is the key to accomplish this,” says Kay Stinson, vice president of human resources and animal care.
As part of a uniquely connected food system, Seaboard Foods relentlessly seeks a better way to produce wholesome Prairie Fresh® pork by purposely connecting every step between its farms and family tables around the world. Operating in six states and employing more than 5,000 people, Seaboard Foods’ continued commitment to creating the most sought-after pork ensures the well-being of its animals, the environment, employees and the communities they call home.
Seward County Community College (SCCC)
Seward County Community College is a two-year institution offering 45 programs of study, including Adult Basic Education, certificate programs and associate of arts, associate of science, general studies and applied sciences degrees. Ranked in the top 5% of more than 1,100 accredited community colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute, SCCC serves a student body of 2,500+ students ranging in age from 15 to 85, in a county with the highest foreign-born percentage population in the U.S., and a rural service area of about 50,997 in seven Southwest Kansas counties and a five-state region.