Classroom to Career

Our Classroom to Career presentations are designed for educators to share with students in their classrooms. Register for the below webinars presented by various partners. For any questions, contact Hayley Savage.

October 6 – Raising Cane’s – Watch Recorded Webinar Here


Tommy Van Wolfe serves as Vice President of Company Restaurants for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, where he oversees restaurant operations for over 340 Restaurants. Tommy first joined Raising Cane’s 12 years ago as a General Manager, when the company had only 65 Restaurants. Today, Raising Cane’s has over 600 Restaurants, and Tommy has played a pivotal role in that growth. After quickly being promoted within the organization to Area Director, Regional Vice President, and eventually Vice President of Company Restaurants, Tommy has led the launch of numerous markets including Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Omaha, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and California.

Links to a few quick videos of actual members of our team sharing their story:

November 3 – Dairy MAX – Watch Recorded WebinarDownload PDF Presentation

Becoming a Registered Dietitian

Registered Dietitian Danielle Butbul, M.P.H., RDN will define what a dietitian is, provide an overview of the various fields dietitians work in and the diverse opportunities available for dietitians. She will also share what academic and professional requirements are to earning this credential, share her story about forging a path in dietetics, how she applies her nutrition expertise in her role at Dairy MAX and the importance of dietitians in the agriculture field. Danielle will provide resources and will be open to answering any questions if time permits.

December 1 – Texas Farm Bureau – Watch Recorded Webinar

From Production to Plate

Students will hear from the owners of a hydroponics farm that specializes in lettuce and other greens. They’ll discuss their operation, business model, who they market to, and where their food can be found throughout Texas. We will hear from Jordan Walker (TFB), Jason Maks (TrueHarvest Farms), and Marshall McDaniel (TrueHarvest Farms).

January 5 – Dairy MAX – Download Presentation | Watch Recorded Webinar

Got Milk? A peek into the dairy processing world

Did you ever wonder how milk gets from a dairy farm to your kitchen table or walk-in cooler? Dairy Farmers of America is a dairy co-op and operates dairy processing plants throughout the U.S. Representatives from one of the plants located in San Antonio, TX will explain the many different careers in dairy processing from leadership to plant operations to the testing and quality control behind every gallon of milk that is delivered to a grocery store or restaurant. Glen Harrington from Dairy Farmers of America will be presenting.

February 2 – Coca-Cola – Watch Recorded Webinar


Download Supply Chain PDF | Download Career Paths PPT
Sandy Ryan has over 30 years of experience in the Food and Beverage industry and is currently a Senior Manager in Regional Product Innovation at The Coca-Cola Company. During Sandy’s tenure at Coca-Cola, she had the opportunity to play a key part in the Analytical, Technical and Flavor Ingredient Supply teams. Her product development accomplishments include several Powerade and Nestea products, the Sprite ReMix portfolio, Full Throttle energy drinks, and several frozen carbonated beverages for the Company’s Food Service customers, including Minute Maid Slushies, sold exclusively at McDonald’s. She developed and patented The Coca-Cola Company’s first sugar free, low-calorie options in the frozen beverage category, sold in 7-Eleven stores as Fanta Zero Sugar and vitaminwater Slurpee.

Sandy also held the position of Director, Global Ingredients at Coca-Cola. In this position, she managed the global commercial relationship of twenty-one flavor ingredient suppliers, including supply chain logistics and price negotiations. She currently leads development on Sparkling beverages, and supports the Food Service and Freestyle platforms, within the North America Operating Unit.

Sandy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Capital University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.



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