New program—Sustainable Ag Resources
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
Would you like to
consider a career as a conservationist or agricultural scientist? Would you
like to enhance the quality of the environment and its natural resources? Would
you like to make efficient use of non-renewable resources and help sustain the
future of agriculture?
As part of a $4.163
million federal grant to enhance science, technology, engineering and math
(STEM) components, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will
begin a Sustainable Agriculture Resources degree program in August.
Sustainable Ag Resources
requires both indoor and outdoor facilities, including a 4,200-square foot
expansion of the Agricultural Building, two greenhouses, a classroom and two
four-acre plant-growing areas.
The college will offer a
two-year associate in applied science degree with specialization in soil
science or plant/crop science or an associate in science degree with a Sustainable
Agriculture Resources emphasis.
will include Crop Science, Soils, Horticulture, Farm and Ranch Management,
Agricultural Chemicals, Agricultural Chemical Application, Plant Pest Control
and Research Practicum. Science courses will include Principles of Biology,
General Botany, Earth Science and General Chemistry.
The program will also
include internships for college students and summer programs for high school
students beginning in 2013. The SAR emphasis will directly link with a
bachelor’s degree program at either Kansas State University or Fort Hays State
University. The college is exploring articulation agreements with other institutions
"We recognize that the agriculture and
energy industries are the primary economic aspects of our region,” said Dr.
Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. "The new grant along with the federal grant we
received last year to implement energy-related programs in corrosion technology
and process technology will help serve those key factors in our economy.”
SCCC/ATS is eligible for
the grant as a Hispanic-Serving Institution that services a 31 percent Hispanic