Research for the development of community empowerment programs around Sampoerna factories in the Sukorejo Subdistrict of the Pasuruan Regency of East Java was carried out in collaboration with a research team from Malang State University. The SETC concept was developed as the implementation of those research results. The 27 hectares of land left over from the construction of Sampoerna's factory in Sukorejo was planned to be the location of SETC.
Dissemination of information and dialogue with the public was initiated, followed by initial preparations and land conservation to improve the condition and potential of the land. In 2004, the community surrounding the Sukorejo factory worked in agriculture, farming, plantations, inland fisheries, industries and trade, with 64.5% graduating from elementary and junior high school, while 17.5% graduated from high school. Although the younger generation wanted to work in factories, a certain level of education with skills was required, and there were limits to the company's capacity to hire new workers. Younger people were reluctant to work in agriculture because they considered the wage inadequate.
In line with the maturation of the SETC concept, field trials were conducted and dissemination of information to the public was continued. This was followed by the physical construction planned to take 2.5 years and conducted in four stages. The SETC concept development, summarized in the Master Plan, involved a team of consultants from PT Primakelola Agribusiness Agroindustri (PKAA) Bogor for the Integrated Farming System concept and the Malang Vocational Education Development Center (VEDC) team for the Vocational Training System concept.
Entrepreneurship training for the communities around Sampoerna's Sukorejo factory at Sukorejo in Pasuruan began, along with the physical construction.
On a total of 10 hectares SETC was inaugurated in March by President Director of Sampoerna, Martin G. King. Retiring Sampoerna employees received pre-retirement training.
Sampoerna understood the importance of using SETC for the communities surrounding its operational areas to synergized the company's CSR programs into a single unit. SETC Tours were scheduled visits based on segments: the Youth Group, community's Women's Club and groups from the level of Village Administration to the relevant agencies of Pasuruan Regency. The results the SETC Tours could break the agriculture sector paradigm. The SETC demonstration plot provided inspiration of a promising future for integrated agriculture. In 2007 the initial participants were only the communities surrounding Sampoerna's factory and its workers, a total of 75 people. In 2008 the participants came from areas outside Ring I in East Java, Bali, Papua and even neighbor countries like Malaysia. They visited and participated in integrated agricultural training.
The second stage of the construction of SETC on another 12 hectares of land began.
The growing interest in attending integrated agricultural and appropriate vocational training pushed forward improvements to SETC facilities.
Being a role model referral program Agro Techno Park and Agro Science Park of the Ministry of Agriculture, and became one of the 10 embryos that went well technopark in Indonesia according to the study Bappenas.