New Food Manufacturing Workshops and Webinars Coming to Idaho Beginning August 26

TechHelp’s Food Manufacturing Team is rolling out a series of workshops and webinars designed to meet the needs of the region’s food processors. The series features everything from traditional food safety topics, such as HACCP, to new offerings that address Sensory Programs and Quality Fundamentals of food production.  Instructors, Catherine Cantley and Janna Hamlett of TechHelp and the University of Idaho drew from their extensive food industry experience and knowledge to create this innovative series. 

“In today’s COVID world where we are continually adjusting to ‘new normals’ we decided to develop a calendar of free webinars and public courses to help out. We reduced the course fees for qualifying Idaho manufacturers and will provide several free webinars to assist in this challenging time.”

Janna Hamlett, Course Instructor

To facilitate online learning, the instructors broke longer courses into several short segments so that students can immediately apply their knowledge in the existing facility without causing a significant interruption of regular job duties. Some of the courses will incorporate a unique learn-and-apply model that will energize online learning. TechHelp will deliver a practice kit to each participant to facilitate hands-on activities and reinforce the concepts learned. Students will gain practical skills that they can immediately apply in the workplace. 

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The series kicks off on August 26, 2020, with a free one-hour webinar that will focus on how the proper use of Lockout Tagout Procedures can help prevent some of the 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries that occur annually in U.S. industry.  On September 2 & 16, we will cover the timely topic of creating a Pathogen Environmental Monitoring Program. The importance of a robust environmental monitoring program cannot be overstated in a food safety plan. 

View the full list of courses offered by TechHelp and our Tri-State partners in Washington and Montana. Janna and Catherine encourage you to reach out if you don’t see a course or webinar that you need. We are here to help you succeed and navigate this challenging time. 

Contact Jana Hamlett at 208-731-9363 or or Catherine Cantley at 208-426-2181 or


Janna Hamlett spent her life working in agriculture. She has a BS degree from the University of Idaho in Dairy Science with a minor in English and a Master’s degree from Washington State University in Food Science and Management. Janna has worked in various management positions including, Training Manager, QA Manager, and Production Manager at large scale cheese and whey processing facilities in Idaho’s Magic Valley. Her numerous industry certifications include approved OSHA 10 and 30-hour instructor, PCQI (Preventative Controls Qualified Individual) Instructor, SQF Practitioner, SQF Approved Teaching Center and an approved HACCP curriculum from International HACCP Alliance.

Catherine is a Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho School of Food Science. She has expertise in food manufacturing, process engineering, product optimization, food safety, and sensory and consumer science. She has worked in both the retail sector and the foodservice sector, so she can help you meet the needs of your customer(s).Catherine Cantley is a Food Processing Specialist with TechHelp and Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho School of Food Science. Catherine earned a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Washington State University and an M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. She is an experienced Senior Research and Development Manager with demonstrated expertise in food manufacturing, process engineering, product optimization, food safety, and sensory and consumer science.  She has worked in both the retail sector and the food service sector, so she can flex readily to help your company meet the needs of your customer(s).

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