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The American Women’s College at Bay Path University Launches Food Industry Management Degree

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.Longmeadow, MA—The American Women’s College at Bay Path University is pleased to announce the launch of its BS in Business: Food Industry Management, now enrolling.

The University’s fully-online food industry management major prepares students for a wide array of positions within the industry. Designed intentionally to be as broad in nature as the food industry itself, the program covers core business fundamentals and combines them with a solid foundation in food science. Business topics include accounting, marketing, operations, and management. The major areas of food science, such as food processing and safety, are also covered, and have been adapted for flexible online learning through the University’s digitally-enhanced learning model: SOUL (Social Online Universal Learning), which uses data-driven intervention strategies to help mitigate achievement gaps.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illness hits one in six Americans every year. That’s why Sara R. Milillo, Ph.D., senior academic director of the program, believes it’s more important now than ever for professionals in the food industry, all along the chain “from farm to fork,” to understand the business and safety principles for success.

“Millions of cases of foodborne illnesses are documented each year. While that’s nothing new, technology today means that these cases are more widely shared than ever before. Industry professionals at every level need to understand the measures that can improve food safety, and enhance the success of their business overall,” Milillo said.

Milillo earned her Ph.D. in food science with minors in education and microbiology at Cornell University. She has authored numerous publications, including papers and book chapters, on food science and safety. Prior to being named Senior Director of Core Curriculum & Science at The American Women’s College at Bay Path University, Milillo served as director of math and science for the College.

The American Women’s College at Bay Path University's BS in Food Industry Management aims to prepare graduates to take their careers to the next level in a field with great demand. The USDA forecasts that US college graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment will be met with strong career prospects, as a rise in relevant positions in predicted. An estimated 57,900 average annual openings are expected for professionals with degrees in these areas.

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About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 25 graduate programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations.  Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.