Fall off-campus MSU grape, wine and plant science courses open

Applied Plant Science and Viticulture certificate programs are being offered at northwest and southwest Michigan community college locations this fall by Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology.

Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology is now taking applications for off-campus certificate programs in Applied Plant Science and Viticulture at northwest and southwest Michigan community college locations this fall.

The Institute of Agricultural Technology at MSU (MSU IAT) has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years. Commercial horticulture programs relating to fruit, vegetable, greenhouse production and ornamentals are attracting students to Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. In addition to local access to MSU academic programs serving agriculture, the community college collaboration enables students to obtain an Associate’s Degree through supplemental coursework. MSU classes begin August 28, 2013.

Fall semester classes include Land and Environmental Issues, Applied Entomology of Economic Plants, Landscape Plants I and Greenhouse Structures and Management.

Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology off-campus coordinators guide prospective students through the application process, creation of a course of study, and student internship. All MSU IAT courses are taught by Michigan State University approved faculty and staff and credits earned are fully transferable to on-campus bachelor’s degree programs. Hands-on learning is part of most courses through lab experiences, field trips, and working with field mentors, such as Michigan State University Extension educators.

Act now since MSU IAT application deadlines and procedures differ from those of community colleges.

The registration deadline is August 16, 2013 for online Viticulture Enology Science Technology Alliance (VESTA) courses which operate through a separate registration system. VESTA courses begin September 3.

To obtain information about VESTA and off-campus MSU IAT Applied Plant Science certificate programs and admission requirements, go online to: http://iat.msu.edu, or call 517-355-0190. Lake Michigan College-based Coordinator, Stacey Rocklin, may be reached at 269-927-8772 rocklin@msu.edu, and Northern Michigan College-based Coordinator, Brian Matchett at 231-995-1719, matchet4@msu.edu.

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