Capital Press | Ag Education Capital Press Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:46:26 -0400 en Capital Press | Ag Education Klamath Community College sets course for ag careers Thu, 12 May 2016 10:02:18 -0400 Klamath Community College’s Department of Agriculture Science and Business is designed for students pursuing a career in the agriculture industry. Program studies prepare students for career opportunities as Agriculture Loan Officer, Agriculture Teacher, Farm and Ranch Manager, Forest Management Specialist, Geologist, and Water Resource Manager.

KCC offers students an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Agriculture Science. This degree is closely aligned with both the Oregon and National Standards for Agriculture and Natural Resource Education, and is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful as an entrepreneur, employee, or as a student at a four-year institution.

Students have access to education in agribusiness management, animal science, plant science, soil science, modern agriculture technology and natural resource management through a variety of resources — including on-campus labs, the Learning Resource Center and off-campus work experience.

The Department works closely with 4-year partner institutions to improve access to advanced degrees. Further, the Agricultural Sciences Department works closely with high schools to facilitate student transition from secondary to higher education, and then to the workforce by career planning, program planning, and dual credit.

By also collaborating with the local community, state and national agricultural organizations to involve students in activities and industries, the Department promotes success for students pursuing careers in agriculture.

Graduates can also earn a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Agriculture Science, receiving on-the-ground mentoring and support during their studies — without leaving Klamath Falls.

For more information, contact Keith Duren, Program Lead, telephone 541-880-2254 or email Klamath Community College is located at 7390 S. Sixth Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.

Walla Walla CC offers many options in agriculture Thu, 12 May 2016 10:01:54 -0400 Agriculture education, at the community college level, is embracing new technologies and preparing students for careers in facets of agriculture that have only recently been seen.

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) offers degrees in Plant and Soil Science, Ag Business, Animal Science, Irrigation, Watershed Ecology and most recently Precision Agriculture.

With technological advances in all these fields of study, students and graduates have the opportunity to expand their career navigation into new and quickly advancing territory — career options ranging from animal health and disease tracking to operation of new drone and irrigation technologies that allow for more precise field work.

At WWCC, the level of hands-on learning is essential in the success of students long term, and focused on daily.

Not only does WWCC offer these learning opportunities to students, but a connection with Washington State University (WSU) has been cultivated to help students in their educational career, should it lead them to a 4-year university. The 2+2 program at WWCC allows students to move to WSU with a junior standing, after earning their 2-year degree in an ag program at WWCC. The WWCC-WSU articulation agreements ensure that students moving on to a Bachelor’s degree are prepared, and will not have to make up credits or classes.

To learn more about what Walla Walla Community College has to offer the Agriculture Industry, visit

University of Idaho produces agriculture teachers who make an impact Thu, 12 May 2016 10:01:32 -0400 The agricultural education program at the University of Idaho is thriving this year with 17 teacher candidates placed in secondary agricultural education programs across Idaho, Washington and Alaska. This is the largest number of senior teacher candidates the program has produced in over 25 years.

The teacher candidates began their student-teaching field experiences in January. They have been placed with experienced master agriculture teachers in quality secondary agriculture programs in southern Idaho, northern Idaho and eastern Washington, western Washington, and Alaska. This is the first time the program has placed a teacher candidate in a school outside the Pacific Northwest.

This semester, teacher candidates were placed in Bear Lake, Preston, Rigby, Rexburg, Mackay, American Falls, Jerome, Kimberly, Meridian, Homedale, Nampa, Nezperce, and Genesee in Idaho. In Washington the teacher candidates were placed in Asotin, Prosser, and White River. The teacher candidate in Alaska is completing his student-teaching at Palmer High School in the Mat-Su Valley agricultural region.

The teacher candidates also participated in the National Association for Agricultural Education’s Region I conference held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on April 26-29 to network with agriculture teachers from across the western United States.

Teacher candidates have already accepted teaching positions in Idaho, Washington and Kansas. These graduates will make outstanding agriculture teachers and have lasting impact on local high school agriculture programs and FFA chapters in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.

The agricultural education program at the University of Idaho continues to develop outstanding future agricultural education teachers. Recent graduates of the program are teaching in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Colorado. The need for future agriculture teachers continues to grow as existing programs expand and new programs become established. The University of Idaho Agricultural Education program is leading the way in preparing these future agriculture teachers and FFA advisors.

OXARC Welding Schools offer latest in technology Thu, 12 May 2016 10:01:20 -0400 Classes at OXARC Welding Schools start every Monday at two locations, in Spokane and Pasco, Wash.

Investing in education is a serious decision. When you explore training options that may increase your salary level and employment potential you are, in effect, investing in yourself. At OXARC, we encourage a student population of responsible adults because we know that they are the best learners. When personal success is the end product of the training process, it virtually guarantees the success of any academic program.

At OXARC, we concentrate on job-specific training. Our welder training program is based on industry needs. As industry makes changes and new technologies are developed, the welder training program at OXARC will be updated to keep pace with these changes. Our goal is to provide quality training in key skill areas in the most practical, justifiable timeframe. We will concentrate on making your welding experience meaningful and enjoyable.

Our welding courses are for the self-motivated adult who recognizes the need to keep ahead of the job market. By keeping up with the welding standards in the industry, you will experience career satisfaction and enjoy the economic and social rewards of a position ideally suited to your interests and abilities.

Experience-Based education at OXARC offers all training sessions in a stand-up lecture basis with an emphasis on hands-on experience learning. This methodology ensures that students receive the technical industry terminology and standards while learning hands-on skills.

We believe that all students should have the opportunity to develop the fundamental and technical skills that will enable them to secure and retain productive and rewarding career positions in the welding industry. OXARC is committed to providing welding courses that deliver the maximum amount of training in the minimum amount of time, with safety and quality as our goal.

The dedication to the overall success of each student forces OXARC to continually strive to maintain its reputation of delivering the highest quality training possible through a combination of qualified, experienced staff; well-organized curricula and contemporary equipment, which reflect current industry standards.

In keeping with its mission and purpose, OXARC strives to:

1) Educate and train students with the current welding equipment found in today’s environment;

2) Assist students in developing their technical skills to meet industry standards;

3) Provide students with the most skilled and experienced staff available who are devoted to the personal and career development of every student.

OXARC offers multiple welding classes at three different levels and welding processes (Stick, Dual Shield/Inner Shield, Mig or Tig). Courses are designed around the most common industry standards: AWS, ASME, API 1104, WABO Welding Certifications upon completion. For more info call 509-535-7794 or visit “Welding Schools” online at

Montana State University-Northern: Education that works Thu, 12 May 2016 10:01:08 -0400 Nationally recognized programs, state-of-the-art facilities, friendly faculty and staff, on a 105-acre campus. Montana State University-Northern offers certificate, two-year and four-year degree programs. Our well-designed technical courses of study are aligned with and supported by industry.

Opportunities abound in the array of Agriculture and Diesel Programs offered at MSU-Northern. There are multiple degree options within these technical programs which afford students with tremendous opportunity for personal and career growth. Our four-year Diesel degree is unique and provides graduates with a multitude of career choices.

Graduates of MSU-Northern possess the skills for success that are highly sought after. They are well trained and competent in their fields of study. Industries come to MSU-Northern to hire graduates because of the working technical knowledge and how well prepared students are in communications, coordinating, understanding the market, and management. Our state-of-the art facilities are complemented by the most current equipment provided by industry. Students learn the basics through advanced technology and computer aided diagnostics.

If you are interested in a career as part of the driving force that makes the wheels of our economy turn, contact Montana State University-Northern at 1-800-662-6132 ext. 3724 or 406-265-3704 or “Education that Works”

Blue Mountain CC adds to its FARM program Thu, 12 May 2016 10:00:13 -0400 Blue Mountain Community College students will have an opportunity to enter a new program in the Agricultural Science Department in 2017.

Thanks to community and industry support in passing the latest bond measure, meat/food science and processing will be part of the new FARM (Facility for Agricultural Resources Management).

There are few community colleges that have the facilities to offer such a program while industry demand for employees in the field has grown.

Upon hearing the term “meat science,” most people picture the meat counter at their local grocery store, but it is much more than that. Meat science and processing relates to a great deal more than steaks and breakfast sausage. There is an enormous amount of chemistry, biology, anatomy and research that goes into putting a safe, healthy, quality product in the hands of consumers.

While most people have a general idea, few truly understand what it takes to “put meat on the table.”

In addition to the jobs related directly to meat processing, the program will help open the doors for students in multiple branches of agriculture. USDA services, product research and development, quality control programs, and equipment sales and marketing represent just some of the opportunities that are currently under represented and looking for people with basic knowledge of meat science.

A very common thread when speaking with leaders in these industries is we need more people with a background in what our business is actually about.

In addition to providing skills for a career in a background for continuing education, the program will complete an important element in BMCC’S current degree and certification pathway.

“Our livestock production degree and certification programs are great!” says Matt Liscom, Ag Science instructor. “We take students through the entire process: breeding, health care, genetics, nutrition, parturition ... we cover it all. What was missing was a real understanding and proof that the decisions that were made during all those processes resulted in what the students predicted would happen. Did my feed program really work? Was that bull a good choice to improve my carcass yields? What effect did those EPD numbers have on this generation of offspring? They’ll get to see all those things first hand, now. That’s exciting.”

Utah State University named top college for agriculture majors Thu, 12 May 2016 09:59:56 -0400 Utah State University was recently ranked the top school in the nation for students pursuing careers in agriculture-related fields.

Campus Explorer, an online service that assists more than 30 million students a year with college planning, ranked colleges based on tuition prices and ability to provide resources for agriculture majors.

The ranking cited USU’s awarding more scholarships to agriculture students than any other agriculture program. This year, USU’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS) awarded $461,888 in scholarships with 363 students receiving this scholarship help. Included in the rankings were tuition comparisons, with USU costs for resident tuition coming in $11,000 to $20,000 less per semester than the other top three schools. In fact, USU is the No. 2 public university in the West (and top four in the nation) for lowest tuition on the Forbes list of America’s Best College Buys (2014).

According to Ken White, dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the college focuses on preparing students for real careers while remaining affordable.

“The key to our college’s success comes from the value offered by an education here,” White said. “With a legacy of award-winning faculty, numerous opportunities for undergraduate research and a diverse range of academic offerings, it’s not surprising that our college continues to be nationally ranked.”

CAAS is home to more than 1,200 undergraduate students and seven departments that offer 72 degrees across a broad range of disciplines, all of them committed to active learning and hands-on experiences.

The agricultural education program at USU boasts 100 percent job placement of graduates who seek employment as agricultural educators. The program provides opportunities for students to share their passion about the science and production of food, fiber and natural resources, animal science, plant science, horticulture, agricultural mechanics and veterinary science.

Dean White said the college is unique, and offers something for everyone.

“In CAAS we know more than your name; we know who you are,” White said. “Our faculty pride themselves on understanding your personal and scholarly ambitions and then helping you reach those goals. From research opportunities to one-on-one mentorship, our professors work to help students succeed.”

USU is located in Logan, Utah, just minutes from two mountain ranges and within a half-day’s drive of six national parks, including Yellowstone, Arches and Zion. It provides big-school opportunities with a small-school feel, for a great value. Students have access to thousands of acres of public wilderness land for backcountry skiing, hiking and more.

Logan ranks among the top 15 (and No. 2 in the West) for Best College Towns, according to the AIER College Destination Index. The city was also ranked No. 1 easiest place to find a job, according to Business Insider.

Since its founding in 1888, Utah State University has evolved from a small-town college tucked away in the Northern Utah mountains to a thriving research university respected around the world.