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Agriculture Business & Industry Degree Added at WSC

Agriculture Business & Industry Degree Added at WSC

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Posted by WSC Marketing

WILLISTON, N.D. - Williston State College is pleased to announce a new Associates degree in Agricultural Business and Industry beginning fall of 2017.

The program's objective is to prepare students for a career in the variety of fields associated with Agriculture Business and Industry. Combining agriculture and business coursework, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in an agriculture-specific field, agriculture support field, or a related field associated with agriculture business and finance.

The idea came from the President's Advisory Council (PAC), a group established in 2016 and made up of 11 community members that advises the College on what the community would like from WSC.

The PAC saw a need for the agriculture program to return so that local students interested in the field could utilize the WSC Foundation's Williams County Graduate (WCG) and Regional County Scholarships.

Dr. John Miller, WSC's Acting President, Terry Olson, WSC Foundation's Executive Director, and Kaylyn Bondy, WSC's Vice President for Student Affairs, met with a group of area businessmen from agriculture lending, farm implement dealers, and local farmers to establish a framework for the new program.  

"Our previous program was centered around general agriculture, but now it's more focused," explained Dr. Miller. "We will have an Associates in Applied Science degree in Agriculture Business and Industry. Because we met with local advisors, this program should reflect the way agriculture is currently supported in our area."

Classes include Introduction to Agricultural Management, Agribusiness Seminar, Introduction to Agricultural Selling, and Entrepreneurship in Agriculture.

WSC will collaborate with DCB and LRSC to offer additional elective classes in horticulture and precision agriculture if students are interested.

The program is geared towards farmers, ranchers, implement dealers, Ag lenders, co-ops, grain elevator operators, or anyone interested in agriculture.

"Our hope is to provide younger generations of farmers, ranchers, and Ag businessmen and women an education locally so they can remain in the area and are able to enhance local family businesses and communities," stated Dr. Miller. "A major focus of the WSC Foundation scholarships is to give back to the communities served by WSC, and bringing agriculture back is a perfect program to help our local communities."

For more information on WSC's Ag program, please visit www.willistonstate.edu/ag
For more information on WSC, please visit www.willistonstate.edu
call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.