On Wednesday, Columbia Basin College in Pasco announced the expansion of its agriculture program, by offering a new Associate in Applied Science in Ag Production degree. CBC Dean for Math, Science & Engineering Rod Taylor says the new degree will start this fall.

“That includes three certificates that are embedded in it.  One for crop and soil, one for hydroponics and greenhouse management, and one for precision agriculture” Taylor noted.

The addition was made possible when the Washington Board of Community and Technical Colleges provided CBC’s Ag program with $494,767, allowing for students hands on experiences with the latest technology. Taylor said this program allow students to become well rounded in a number of areas in the farm economy.

“They can become agricultural technicians, field personal, agronomists, farm and ranch managers, sales representatives, precision Ag technicians, GPS and GIS technicians, sales specialists, hydroponics consultants, commercial hydroponic growers, greenhouse managers, manufactures and suppliers of hydroponics nutrients and equipment.”

Taylor added the program will also allow students exposure to real work experiences, helping them hit the ground running in a high-demand fields with good salary potential.

Click Here to watch a video produced by CBC promoting the new degree.

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