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The following certificate programs are available at Wayne County Community College District:
The Food Processing, Technology and Safety certificate program trains students on the processes and technologies used to convert commodities into consumable food products.
The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program at community college partners provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use and management of fruit and vegetable crops.
Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management at WCCS
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About our partnership
Michigan State University (MSU) and Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) have partnered to offer regionally relevant agricultural training programs for careers in some of Michigan's highest demand industries. Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered at the WCCCD campus in Taylor, Mich. All courses will be taught by approved MSU faculty including local industry professionals.
This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from Wayne County Community College District. Full-time students are able to complete the associate degree and certificate in just two years and financial aid is available to help with tuition expenses at both schools.
By working together, MSU and Wayne County Community College District are able to offer these specialized training programs for high-demand jobs close to home and at a lower overall cost. Graduates will be prepared for rewarding job opportunities in agriculture or transfer to continue their education.
Graduates of the Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program will find employment opportunities in:
- Equipment retail sales and service
- Farm operations
- Commercial fruit and vegetable growers
- Crop production and management services
- Irrigation systems
Graduates of the Landscape Management program will find employment opportunities in:
- Landscape design, construction and maintenance
- Irrigation systems for lawns
- Retail equipment and supply centers
- Greenhouse and field nursery operations
- Professional lawn services
- Retail garden centers
About Wayne County Community College District – Downriver Campus
Located on approximately 100 acres of farmland and woods at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor, Michigan, the Downriver Campus was built in 1978, and includes a 7-acre woodland preserve with a winding path used for nature walks by students, faculty, staff and residents of the surrounding community. The building is barrier-free, with ample parking on either side of the campus. The design of the building affords a view of the surrounding woodlands from virtually every classroom and office. The Downriver Campus is conveniently located near Interstate 94 and Interstate 75, as well as several secondary connecting roads.
In addition to the MSU courses, students will complete 33 credits from Wayne County Community College District from the following to earn their associate degree:
Natural Science Requirement - 8 credits
Math Requirement - 4 credits
Humanities Requirement - 6 credits
Social Science Requirement - 6 credits
Written and Oral Communications - 6 credits
Program Requirements - 3 credits
Specific courses will be determined by the Wayne County Community College District Catalog and as approved by the Institute of Agricultural Technology program coordinator.