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Food Processing Technology
Western New York has long history and significant foothold in food processing industry with hundreds of food processing operations located from Buffalo to Binghamton. New food manufacturers have made Genesee County their home further empowering the region’s robust food processing profession. GCC’s Food Processing Technology (FPT) Associate in Applied Science degree will allow you to take advantage of this growing industry and be prepared for the new jobs being created every year throughout the region.
Upon graduating GCC's FPT program, you will understand basic principles of food science including the chemical, physical and microbiological properties of food, as well as the technology used to create an abundant supply of safe, nutritious and delicious food supplies. In addition to classroom lectures and science laboratory experiments, you will complete a related FPT internship as part of the program.
Did you know that a majority of the Food Processing Technology program can be completed online?
- Food Processing Technology AAS (50% or more can be completed online)
Visit our Office of Online Learning for more information!
GCC’s Food Processing Technology program is the only one of its kind offered at any of SUNY’s 30 community colleges. Through the College’s strong partnerships with other educational institutions such as Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Cornell Cooperative Extension, the program has been designed to give students the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for career success. Not only has GCC’s FPT program been awarded a highly competitive SUNY needs grant for upgraded laboratories, but GCC’s seven campus locations in four counties lends to making internship and career connections.
GCC’s associate in applied science (AAS) degree will train you to be job-ready upon completion of the two year program. The 60-63 credit program includes general education courses and offers the following courses that address key industry components:
- Introductory Food Processing (FPT101)
- Food Safety, Sanitation, and Hazard Analysis (FPT102)
- Food and Dairy Processing Operations (FPT201)
- Analytical Methods and Food Labeling (FPT205)
The program includes a supervised internship or job shadow experience in an industry setting. There are hundreds of food processing operations in Western New York. With companies such as Perry’s Ice Cream, Yancy’s Fancy Inc., LiDestri Foods and Associated Brands, numerous internship and career opportunities are available.
Students will be well-trained for a variety of jobs such as storage specialists, regulatory experts, food safety experts, logistics and transport specialists, packaging specialists, plant operations managers, quality control technicians, account representatives, production supervisors and many others.
The Genesee County Economic Development Agency highlights the financial benefits of advanced study in food processing with trained manufacturing workers making between $30,000 and $60,000 a year, marketing and sales workers between $46,000 and $60,000, engineers between $50,000-$80,000 and managers $75,000-$150,000.
Starting at GCC saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. With an A.S. or A.A. degree you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 college and universities as well as to many 4-year private institutions. GCC's A.S. and A.A. programs were developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree as a freshman and a sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Please reference the SUNY Transfer Pathways for degree programs to learn about any campus specific requirements. Visit the SUNY Core Course Finder to plan out the courses you should complete to transfer to a 4-year SUNY School.
If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year private institution you should work with our Transfer Services office to learn about possible articulation agreements and pathways that exist for many or our degree programs. Some GCC A.A.S. programs also have transfer opportunities.
To learn more about these opportunities and agreements contact the Transfer Services Office, we are more than happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have on building your own personalized transfer plan.
Transfer opportunities can include, but are not limited to:
- Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences*
*GCC has current transfer agreements with the above noted institutions.