Mitchell to expand agriculture instruction

FROM PRESS RELEASE

Statesville, NC –On May 19, 2017, the State Board of Community Colleges approved the following a new curriculum program standard, Agriculture Education (A15330). Mitchell Community College will begin offering Agriculture Education in the Fall 2017 semester, expanding the College’s Agribusiness Systems offerings. The new curriculum was developed at Mitchell.

The Agriculture Education program is designed to provide students with agriculture and education foundation courses. Course work focuses on the foundational aspects of agriculture and education theory. Students will be introduced to classroom theory and management as well as soil, plant, and animal science. This curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and skills to be eligible to become extension agents, farm management specialists, 4‐H specialists, crop service representatives, agri‐tourism tour guides or work in agriculture sales, or environmental community education programs. Successful completion of the program will provide students with an opportunity to articulate their coursework to university programs in Agriculture Education. Mitchell Community College currently has two articulation agreements for Agribusiness Systems programs with the University of Mount Olive and North Carolina A&T University.

The Agribusiness Systems curriculum are designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, community based small farm or agricultural business. The objective is the development of a workforce knowledgeable in sustainable agriculture practices. Students will learn the fundamentals of agriculture, focusing on crop production and business. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial and field training. Students will also learn the basic principles of our economic system and government policies and programs relating to agriculture. Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in agricultural businesses such as equipment, feed, and agricultural supply sales; store management; farm operations; wholesale and retail produce management; nursery operations; and environmental and agricultural education.

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