An industry tour and attendance at the Oct. 17-19 Fresh Summit expo in Anaheim await more than 40 students from 13 universities who are part of the Produce Marketing Association Foundation Career Pathways program.

The program, created with the assistance of the Jay and Ruthie Pack Family Foundation, gives college students with diverse educational backgrounds an introduction to the industry’s vast opportunities through a series of career panel discussions, educational workshops and networking, according to a news release from the Newark, Del.-based PMA.

The industry tour will be hosted by Ready Pac Foods, according to the release.

“Acquiring and sustaining talent is a significant issue in our industry,” Ready Pac’s Tristan Simpson, vice president of corporate communications, said in the release. “It’s so important to invest time and effort into programs like this one, a program that can provide such valuable resources. We’re looking forward to welcoming the students, and I’m sure we’ll all make great connections.”

The Pack Career Pathways students will be identified by their “I am the future” ribbons, according to the release.

The following schools will be represented, according to the release:

  •  Arizona State University;
  •  California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo;
  •  Cornell University;
  •  Louisiana State University;
  •  Michigan State University;
  •  St. Joseph’s University;
  •  Texas A&M University;
  •  University of Florida;
  •  Pontificia Universidad Cátolica de Chile;
  •  University of Stellenbosch (South Africa);
  •  University of Pretoria (South Africa);
  •  University of Queensland (Australia); and
  •  University of Sydney (Australia)