History of the IAT
The Institute of Agricultural Technology has its roots in the dairy management short course that started at State Agricultural College in 1894.
The short course programs were ways to introduce working farmers in the state to new educational opportunities.
Short courses were established to address agricultural needs in Michigan and were offered in fall and winter between the harvesting and planting seasons.
Over the years, the IAT has experienced steady growth in student enrollment across its certificate programs and locations.
- 328 students in fall 2021
- 367 students in fall 2020
- 473 students in fall 2019
- 494 students in fall 2018
- 474 students in fall 2017
- 427 students in fall 2016
- 352 students in fall 2015
Clinton D. Smith launched and taught the first short course at State Agricultural College in dairy management with 23 students.
Other short courses were added including livestock husbandry, fruit culture and floriculture and winter vegetable growing. Each student spent three hours a week working in a campus farm or garden.
Programs included livestock and general farming, creamery management and butter making, dairy husbandry, fruit culture, cheese making and beet sugar production.
A two-week course in farm tractors is offered for the first time.
Four-year courses are offered for the first time to high school graduates. Programs included agriculture, engineering, home economics, veterinary medicine and applied science.
Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science becomes Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science.
Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science becomes Michigan State University.
The short course program is renamed the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology.
The first IAT community college partner is added, Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.