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The Water Management program offers several degree tracks for students which include Irrigation Technology and Water Resources Technology.
Irrigation Technology provides practical, cooperative learning experience in both the agriculture and the turf industries. The study of irrigation principles and practices, water and energy conservation, pumps, and fluid hydraulics, troubleshooting, and installation prepare students for industry challenges. Graduates of the Irrigation Technology program are highly recruited to design, sell, install, operate, maintain, manage, and/or service turf, landscape, and agricultural irrigation systems.
Water Resources Technicians are skilled in planning, developing, managing and evaluating programs designed to protect and regulate natural habitats and natural resources. Technicians will have the skills necessary to analyze soil, plant, and water relationships; as well as understand water relationships to environment, economic, and sociological impacts to communities.
Students in the program have the unique opportunity to participate in a paid work experience in spring and summer quarters of the program. Some courses are offered via distance delivery.
The Water Management curriculum is reviewed annually by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.
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The mission of the Water Management Program is the education of students in the newest technologies to provide conservation of water, energy and natural resources, and to provide the industries with highly trained, fully employable, skilled technicians.
- Provide the irrigation and water resources technology industries with highly trained, fully employable, skilled technicians.
- Develop relationships and/or partnerships with existing irrigation and water resources organizations and institutions in the continuing education of industry practitioners.
- Provide industry work experience during the educational process, giving students exposure to the actual application of irrigation principles and practices.
- Provide campus labs, classrooms, equipment and general facilities utilizing cutting edge technologies and practices.
- Provide highly trained instructors who have significant field experiences as successful practitioners in this industry.
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Irrigation Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study. The Irrigation Technology degree prepares graduates for highly skilled entry-level positions within the industry and/or transferability to Washington State University. This provides students the flexibility to pursue a technical field of study with an option to continue their education and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. A Irrigation Technology Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program.
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Water Resources Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study.