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Agricultural Operations at MSU IAT/Monroe County Community College
The following certificate program is available at Monroe County Community College
The Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management.
A few things to consider regarding the agriculture industry in Monroe County and the surrounding area:
- Total market value of agriculture production for the area exceeds $378,467,000.
- Monroe County ranks 11th in the State for total crop sales ($166,044,000) and 4th for revenue from vegetables.
- Neighboring Lenawee County ranks 14th in total market value of agriculture production. Second in number of acres for corn, soy, and wheat and 7th in revenue from these commodities. The County ranks first in total number of farms and third in total farmland.
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About our partnership:
Michigan State University (MSU) and Monroe County Community College (MCCC) 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 in Monroe, Mich. on the campus of MCCC. 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 Monroe County Community College. Full-time students will be 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 Monroe County Community College 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.
Careers in Agriculture
Graduates of the program will find employment opportunities in:
- Equipment retail sales and service
- Farm operations
- Crop production management
- Crop service companies
- Crop Processing facilities
About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan, and student tuition.
Monroe County Community College has six academic divisions:
- Applied Science and Engineering Technology
- Health Sciences
- Humanities/Social Sciences
- Corporate and Community Services
Through these divisions, the college offers occupational credit programs in technical business and health fields; freshman- and sophomore-level courses and programs in the liberal arts, sciences and pre-professional fields for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities; and a wide range of short-term, non-credit educational and enrichment opportunities.
In addition to the MSU coursework, students will take the following courses through MCCC to earn their Associate of Applied Science Degree:
All of the following courses:
Natural Science Graduation Elective - 4 Cr.
Mathematics Competency Elective - 3-4 Cr.
Human Experience Competency Elective - 3 Cr.
Social System Competency Elective - 3 Cr.
ENGL 151 English Composition I - 3 Cr.
Complete one of the two following courses:
BMGT 160 Managing in the Digital Enterprise - 3 Cr.
CIS 130 Intro to CIS - 3 Cr.
Complete a minimum of 6 elective credits as approved by the Program Coordinator.