Degrees Courses

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The Water Technologies and Management program offers several degree tracks for students which include Irrigation Technology, Natural Resources Technology and Management and Watershed Ecology. Certificate, Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences Degrees (AAAS), and transfer options are available.

Irrigation Technology provides practical learning experience in both the agriculture and the turf industries. The study of irrigation principles and practices, water and energy conservation, pumps, fluid hydraulics, troubleshooting, and installation prepares students for irrigation 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. The Irrigation Technology Degree prepares graduates for highly skilled entry-level positions within the industry and/or transferability to Washington State University.

Students in the program have the unique opportunity to participate in a paid work experience in spring and summer quarters of the program. Approximately half of the courses required for the degree can be taken online.

The Water Technologies & Management curriculum is reviewed annually by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

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MELISSA HOLECEK

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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


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Mission

The mission of the Water Technologies and 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.

Program Outcomes

  • Provide the natural resource and irrigation industries with highly trained, fully employable, skilled technicians.
  • Develop relationships and/or partnerships with existing natural resource and irrigation organizations and agencies to provide continuing education opportunities for industry practitioners.
  • Provide industry work experience during the educational process, giving students exposure to the actual applications of natural resource protection and recovery methods and 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.

Degree Options

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Irrigation Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study. A Center Pivot Technology Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program.