The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) have jointly announced they have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
MANRRS and NPMA first began their relationship by establishing scholarships for students to attend NPMA’s PestWorld conference and learn from pest management subject matter experts to expand their knowledge of the industry. Based on the success of this program, the two organizations have deepened their relationship and established this long-term MOU.
It’s the continuation of one of many workforce development opportunities NPMA is working on throughout 2023.
The purpose of the MOU is to expose minority students to career opportunities in the structural pest management industry as it relates to protecting people, food and property from the diseases and destruction caused by pest infestations. The two organizations will partner with the goal of offering access to high school, undergraduate and graduate MANRRS students to learn about pest management through in person educational conferences, online learning courses, ride-alongs with technicians, and internships at local companies. MANRRS and NPMA will also work together on funding opportunities to support the development and ongoing sustainability of the program.
“MANRRS is committed to the recruitment, development and placement of diverse talent in impactful spaces in the agricultural and natural resource arena. This partnership with NPMA will further the MANRRS mission by providing professional development, career exploration and employment opportunities in this underrepresented space. Together, Together, MANRRS and NPMA will increase diversity, representation, diversity and meaningful impact in the lives of our next-generation leaders in the agricultural sciences and related careers,” said Junior MANRRS Coordinator Ian Smith.