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Agricultural Operations at Delta College
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A few things to consider about the agriculture industry in Saginaw County and the surrounding area:
- Market value of agriculture production for the area exceeds $680,000,000
- Bay County ranks 19th in the State for overall market value of agriculture production and seventh in the State for revenue from vegetable production
- Tuscola and Saginaw Counties rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the State for total crop sales, total market value of agriculture in Midland County is $70,000,000
About our partnership
Michigan State University (MSU) and Delta College 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 the Great Lakes Bay region.
This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from Delta College. 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 Delta 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.
About Delta College
Delta College is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, known for innovation, community leadership, teaching excellence and caring about each student every step of the way.
Delta College promotes academic excellence and is known for exemplary programs, technological innovation, community leadership and graduates who make a difference. Delta’s talented and dedicated faculty and staff will help students cultivate their individual talents and potential - all within a state-of-the-art interactive environment.
More than 87 percent of Delta graduates have stayed in Michigan, and more than 63 percent reside in the Saginaw Bay Region.
The following certificate program is available at Delta 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.
The Food Processing, Technology and Safety certificate program trains students on the processes and technologies used to convert commodities into consumable food products.