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Agriculture - Agri-Business

Industry Description
Agriculture Business experts apply a wide range of knowledge of markets, products and laws to local, regional, national and international agricultural commerce.
Producing and marketing food and fiber products is a vital and important industry in the United States. The United States is the largest producer and exporter of agricultural products in the world. The agri-business sector employs a large percentage of the U.S. labor force. These individuals assist the producer of food and fiber products in input procurement, marketing, financing, and management.
 

Department Overview
Agri-Business combines knowledge and skills from the fields of general agriculture and business administration to prepare students for the management functions involved with the production and marketing of agricultural commodities. The Agri-Business curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members. 

Degrees
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Agri-Business upon completion of the two-year program of study. The Agri-Business program also offers a specialized degree in Wine Marketing and Management. One-year certificates are available upon completion of the first year of study in the AAAS Degree program.
The Associate in Arts Degree is a transfer degree that prepares the student for continued education at a baccalaureate institution. These students will be able to complete their general education requirements before transferring, begin studies in Agri-Business, and take electives based upon their intended degree program. Many courses in the department provide direct transfer credit to regional colleges and universities.


Career Opportunities
  • Farm Managers
  • Sales Associates
  • Commodity Brokers
  • Store Managers
  • Consultants


Scholarships
Ag Business/Ag Science Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. The award will range from $250-$1500, depending on available funds. Contact the Ag Science Department to request a scholarship application.


Entrance Requirements
It is recommended that the student contact the lead instructor regarding appropriate program placement. Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter, however, due to course sequencing it is recommended to begin in the fall. A placement test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to admittance to the program.

Other Information
The Agri-Business program is part of the Tech-Prep consortium in the State of Washington. Tech-Prep credits from specific high school studies can be awarded for selected courses. Contact your local school counselor or WWWCC for more information. Students considering transferring should consult with an adviser in the agriculture department prior to taking courses for transfer credit. Program scholarships are available each year to assist students. Contact a program advisor to obtain an application or for more information.

For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.wtb.wa.gov/etp.

The Agriculture Center of Excellence is a flagship institution connecting education and industry to create a highly skilled and readily available workforce. The Center of Excellence addresses workforce training needs and education for the agricultural industry by supporting the community and technical college system, as well as collaborating with the K-12 system and four-year colleges/universities. Visit www.agcenterofexcellence.com for more information.