What’s New

Now in its second year, Immersion Academy provides an intense, two-day forum for 100 college seniors, showcasing the industry’s diverse career possibilities – and how their educational backgrounds can help the industry grow. Qualified college seniors majoring in STEM, marketing, business, and other disciplines will gain insights into the fresh produce and floral industry and have an opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders.  Taking place November 7–9 in Dallas, TX, Immersion Academy will bring together industry experts and leaders who can inspire, mentor and connect these students to career opportunities.  

Time to explore: What Immersion Academy Offers 

Selected students from the following partnering universities are provided an expense-paid, two-day experience to explore the fresh produce industry and chart an exciting career path:

Auburn University
Illinois State
Oregon State
Penn State University 
University of California, Davis
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland
University of Minnesota
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Washington – Seattle
Washington State University
West Virginia University 

more options

The event features presentations by business leaders, career prep workshops and plenty of networking.  The packed, industry-focused agenda includes:

  • An overview of the fresh produce and floral industry and its different disciplines
  • An introduction to the many career opportunities in the industry
  • Presentations on food safety, supply chain/logistics, production, marketing, technology/engineering
  • Interview coaching 
  • Speed interviewing 
  • Opening reception, lunch ’n’ learn sessions, breakfast networking
  • Connections with leaders in the industry

About Center for Growing Talent

We’re a nonprofit organization established by the Produce Marketing Association and business leaders in the fresh produce industry. Our mission is to provide industry-specific solutions to attract, develop and retain talent. We create programs, resources and events for college students, young professionals, emerging leaders and executives working in all aspects of our industry. Learn more about Center for Growing Talent and about Produce Marketing Association.