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Agricultural Operations at MSU IAT/ West Shore Community College
The following certificate programs are available in Scottville
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.
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.
About the agriculture industry in Mason County and surrounding area:
- The total market value of agriculture production for Mason County and the surrounding area exceeds $280 million.
- Mason County holds top 20 rankings in the State for revenue from vegetable production, fruit and tree nut operations, and dairy farms.
- Neighboring Oceana County ranks second in the State for total vegetable acreage.
- The area has top 20 rankings in overall production and revenues for vegetables, dairy farm operations, fruit and tree nuts, and forage/pasture/non-crop farmland.
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About our partnership
Michigan State University (MSU) and West Shore Community College (WSCC) are working together to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with most courses delivered in Muskegon, Michigan, the home of WSCC.
This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree from WSCC. The partnership between the two institutions will benefit those who seek an education and specialized training for employment in agriculture and the fruit and vegetable industry.
The Mason County Promise covers the MSU tuition for qualified students attending programs at West Shore Community College. Contact the IAT program coordinator at West Shore Community College for more information.
About West Shore Community College
West Shore Community College’s “home base” is 360 scenic acres of rolling timberland, located near Ludington, Manistee, and Scottville at the intersection of North Stiles and Sugar Grove Roads in Mason County, Michigan.
Established in 1967, the College offers a comprehensive general education curricula designed to meet the needs of students interested in occupational programs leading to immediate employment and students wishing to transfer to a senior institution. The college offers Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degrees, one- and two-year certificates, and many custom-designed Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences Degree Programs to meet transfer students’ needs.
The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and earns its accreditation by participating in the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP).