West Hills Community College

Farm of the Future

Coalinga, CA

An innovative facility and farm to expand agriculture and industrial science programs while increasing internships and employment opportunities for students

The Project

West Hills Community College Coalinga’s Farm of the Future is an international model for education and technical training using sustainable practices and resource management. Programs and training are provided in integrated food, fiber, energy and environmental systems in order to serve community, region, State and global partners.   The Farm of the Future covers 213 acres, with twenty-five acres for new livestock, equestrian and rodeo grounds, a practice arena, stock pens and associated pastures. New and expanded classes and courses are taught in a new 15,000 square foot career and technical education facility located on 5 acres. The balance of the acreage at is a working farm.

COMMUNITY CONSIDERATIONS:

Poverty Rate:

18.1%

Median Family Income:

78.7%

Unemployment Rate:

11.3%

COMMUNITY IMPACTS:

Created 126 construction jobs and 8 permanent jobs averaging over $58.85/hr in wages & salaries plus health insurance, retirement benefits, and educational assistance

Supports region-wide efforts to promote high-paying career tract jobs in Ag

Innovative program to deliver fresh food baskets from Farm of the Future to families at WHCCD operated preschools

1 MW Solar System

Financing

Total Project Cost

$
million

NMTC Allocation Sourced

$
million

PROJECT PARTICIPANTS:

West Hills Community College District, California Statewide Community Development Corporation, Northern California Community Development Fund, JP Morgan Chase, Central Valley NMTC

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