Monday, October 27, 2014

Wright State Lake Campus Agriculture Program Growing to Meet Local Needs

Students in the Integrated Pesticide Management course taught by Greg McGlinch tour TruPointe Cooperative learning about safety, regulations, and proper application procedures for agricultural pesticides.
The Wright State University Lake Campus Agriculture program was established in 2009 to meet the local needs in training individuals for career opportunities in the broad field of agriculture, ranging from farm production and business services to food manufacturing. The campus currently offers a Certificate in Farm Management, an Associates of Technical Study in Agriculture, and a Bachelors of Technical and Applied Studies in Agriculture. The Lake Campus is somewhat unique in that few colleges offer the opportunity for students to advance through various levels of a degree (2+2 format) all at one location. The program also benefits from the strong support of the local agricultural industry from guest speakers, adjunct professors, and tour locations. This direct application of material is useful to students that desire a hands-on relevant education. Each semester, the campus offers a variety of coursework ranging from animal science and crop production to agricultural business and food science courses.

With the support of Senator Keith Faber and Representative Jim Buchy, the Lake Campus has expanded staffing and course offerings in agriculture to better meet local needs. According to Associate Professor, Dr. Greg Homan, "A grant was awarded to better position our programs by hiring Greg McGlinch as our Agriculture Program Coordinator and the development of a variety of expanded course offerings." New courses currently being offered or under development include: Animal Health and Physiology, Engineering Applications in Agriculture, Weather, Climate and Crop Growth, Agriculture Finance, Integrated Pest Management. The campus is currently serving its largest incoming classes studying agriculture and anticipates further expansion to serve this growing local need and strong support from local employers seeking graduates.

The Lake Campus will be holding an Open House on Thursday, November, 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Potential students can learn about agriculture and food science degree options along with the wide array of opportunities offered at the Lake Campus. For more information on the Lake Campus Agriculture Program, contact Greg McGlinch, Program Coordinator, at 419-586-0810

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