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The Water Technologies and Management program offers certificates, Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences degrees (AAAS) and transfer options in Watershed Ecology, Natural Resources Technology and Management, and Irrigation Technology.

Recently added are four new 2+2 degree pathways to Washington State University in Wildlife Ecology & Conservations Science, Environmental & Ecosystem Sciences, Forestry, and Earth Sciences.

Natural Resources Technology & Management provides practical learning experience in the natural resource, agriculture, and the turf industries. Natural resource technicians are skilled in planning, developing, managing, and evaluating programs designed to protect and regulate natural habitats and resources. Technicians will have the skills necessary to analyze soil, plant, and water relationships, as well as understand water relationships to environmental, economic, and social impacts to communities. Graduates of the Natural Resource Technology & Management program are highly recruited to work in soil and water conservation, water right related work, as well as design, sell, install, operate, maintain, manage, and/or service turf, landscape, and agricultural irrigation systems. The Natural Resources Technology & Management 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 as part of the program. Some courses are can be taken online.

The Natural Resource Technology & Management curriculum is reviewed annually by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

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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 provide students with a diverse array of courses, exposure to the newest technologies, and hands-on experiences with will both provide industry with highly trained technicians and managers and also prepare students for transfer courses of study.

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 application 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 (AAAS) in Natural Resources Technology upon completion of the two-year program of study. The Natural Resource Technology & Management degree prepares graduates for highly skilled entry-level positions within the industry and/or transferability to Washington State University.