Welcome to the Consumer Education Pavilion in Tulare, California.
Located at the school's Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, the USDA-funded Consumer Education Pavilion contains one large classroom that serves many users and purposes.
This building opened in 2005 as part of an ongoing project to develop a regional teaching dairy called the California Dairy Technology Center (see related story). The Tulare Joint Union High School District, College of the Sequoias and University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine have created a unique educational and community partnership to build the pavilion, the center, and a multi-faceted teaching program based on a working dairy of 1,000 cows.
As the dairy is being developed, the 4,200 square-foot Consumer Education Pavilion is already up and running. It contains a 60-seat, theater-style classroom. A demonstration and display area at the front of the room facilitates hands-on teaching presentations and accommodates live animals.The pavilion will include videoconference technology allowing students and visitors to communicate with individuals off site. It will also allow them to view different components of local dairy facilities via a videoconference screen.
The venue is an ideal setting for veterinary courses, vocational training and continuing veterinary education for students at all levels. Middle school and high school students, community college students and international university students have taken classes in the new classroom.
The pavilion has also proved convenient and practical for briefings, conferences and meetings with educators, public agencies, dairy producers and consumers. Personnel from UC Cooperative Extension, California Department of Food & Agriculture, and USDA have held meetings in the building.
A $1 million USDA Rural Development Grant, along with funds from the College of the Sequoias and the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, provided construction funding.
The classroom building complements and enhances existing regional agricultural facilities. Because of its strategic location in the largest milk-producing county in the nation, the Consumer Education Pavilion's usefulness will grow even further when the California Dairy Technology Center opens.