Vocational Meat Cutting Programs

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To our knowledge, there are only four vocational meat-cutting programs (not including college/university meat science programs) in the U.S.: one in Arizona, one in Wisconsin, and two in Ohio. We list an additional program from Alberta, Canada. All accept adult students except for the Buckeye Career Center program, which is for high school students. The Pioneer Career Training Center teaches slaughter as well as processing skills.

If you are a plant owner looking for skilled people to hire, you might consider finding a young person interested in learning and send him or her to one of these programs under a written "indentureship agreement." The agreement would stipulate that she or he would work for you for a minimum number of years after completing training in exchange for your paying for the education. Such an employee would be required to reimburse you for the costs if they dropped out or failed to work for you for the specified minimum amount of time.

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Arizona - Phoenix

Apprentice Meat Cutter program

GateWay Community College (formerly known as Maricopa Skills Center
1245 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 238-4300

Wisconsin- Madison

Sustainable Farm to Table: Modern Meat Production, One Year Technical Diploma

Madison Area Technical College

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704




Ohio - Shelby

Pioneer Career & Technology Center
Meat & Animal Science Program
27 Ryan Rd.
Shelby, OH 44875

Contact: Bill Kucic
(419) 347-7744 x.1269
Pioneer Career Training Center

Ohio - New Philadelphia

Buckeye Career Center (high school program)
Food Processing/Meat Cutting Program
545 University Dr. NE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Contact: Scott Ripley
(800) 227-1665
Program webpage

Alberta, Canada

This 5 month program at Olds College in Alberta, Canada, includes training in slaughter. The program is offered twice a year and costs about $10,000 with room and board. International students are welcome to apply.

Meat Processing Program
Olds College
4500 – 50th Street.
Olds, Alberta, Canada T4H 1R6

Program webpage




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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.