Students of Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) are now studying Precision Agriculture in both Hermiston and Pendleton, Ore.
The Precision Irrigation degree focuses not only on using the latest technology to increase crop yields while reducing water usage and cost to the producers, but also the use of current industry science including GPS, GIS, and other computer aided programing to develop efficient farming practices in many areas.
Course work for this degree includes Geospatial Data Collection, Precision Irrigation Software, Irrigation Systems Design, Programmable Logic Controls, along with academic studies in soils, fertilizers, crop science and other general agriculture work.
Students participate in hands-on design, development, maintenance and operation of these systems to learn proficiency in this fast growing industry.
BMCC’s new facilities in Hermiston, Pendleton and opportunities at local farms provide a unique opportunity for those interested in this arena to gain necessary skills required in today’s work force.
BMCC offers degrees in many agricultural fields in addition to crop science and animal science. In addition to the Precision Agriculture path, students whose interests lie in working with animals and their owners, may pursue a path to become a Veterinary Assistant or Veterinary Technician.
The Veterinary Assistant Certification is a one-year program taken entirely at BMCC using the new Veterinary Lab facilities in Pendleton.
Students spend many hours working with both large and small animals in a clinical setting as well as engage in course work applicable to gaining employment in this industry. Students who wish to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician are able to take many of the prerequisite courses at BMCC and then apply to BMCC’s partner school, Colby College in Colby, Kansas, to enroll in the final stages of their degree which include online courses, lectures and time spent in local veterinary clinics.