KC offers new Agribusiness programs in Fall 2018

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Kishwaukee College is adding a new program beginning in the Fall 2018 semester: Agribusiness. The new program includes a two-year Associate in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree, a Certificate in Foundations of Agriculture, and a Certificate in Precision Agriculture.

Steve Durin, Assistant Professor in the Career Technologies division, will be the lead instructor of the new program. Durin noted, “The addition of the Agribusiness degree and certificates allows local students to gain the skills and knowledge required for employment in the growing agribusiness fields. There is currently a shortage of qualified workers in agriculture.”

Agriculture programs played a large role in the early years of the College and current renewed interest in the industry has led to the resurgence of the programs on campus. Agriculture is an important component of the U.S. and state economy and offers career opportunities in all facets of business and farming.

Durin explained, “The Agribusiness Program prepares students for careers in all levels of agriculture: Farm Management, Custom Applicator, USDA employee, Sales Representative, Livestock Manager, Insurance Representative and more. The agribusiness fields are growing steadily across the area and the employment outlook is strong.”

The Kish Agribusiness Program includes two short-term certificates, Foundations of Agriculture and Precision Agriculture, that prepare students to directly enter the workforce. The A.A.S. degree in Agribusiness is a two-year program that offers a student flexibility. Students who earn the degree can enter the workforce directly or continue their education at a four-year college or university to earn a B.S. in an Agribusiness program.

For more information on the Agribusiness Program, contact Steve Durin, Assistant Professor in Career Technologies, at 815-825- 9382 or at sdurin@kish.edu or visit www.kish.edu/agribusiness.

Registration for Summer and Fall 2018 is currently in progress at KIshwaukee College. For more information, visit www.kish.edu/get-kish-now.

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