In addition to excellent classroom instruction, EC Ag students will have extensive hands-on learning experiences on EC's new campus farm.
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Emmanuel College to Offer Diversified Agriculture Four-Year Degree
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA– Dr. Ron White, President of the Emmanuel College, along with the Board of Trustees and Senior Administrative Staff is proud to announce the intention to begin a Diversified Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree Program for the Fall 2016 pending approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The degree is a natural fit for Northeast Georgia with six of the top ten agriculture counties located within 50 miles of the college. More than 60,000 graduates are needed every year to fill skilled jobs within the agriculture workforce, yet our nation’s colleges are only producing 35,000.
The four-year degree will allow students to select one of three concentrations; agricultural business, agricultural science, or agricultural missions.
“Emmanuel College is delighted to begin this new program that will make a considerable positive impact on the North Georgia agricultural community,” President White says. “It is destined to be one of the College’s outstanding majors.”
Students will have the opportunity to experience learning in and out of the classroom with the addition of a 45-acre Diversified Agriculture Teaching and Learning Center located on campus. The Center will have greenhouses, animal science teaching facilities, land laboratories, and an integrated research center. The 124-hour degree program will have a general education core curriculum enhanced with 32 hours of agricultural classes and 48 hours of course-specific areas. This hands-on experience degree will include internships, research opportunities, and study-abroad activities.
Owen Thomason, Diversified Agriculture Program Chair, says he believes it will jump-start a student’s career in agriculture through the practical experience they will gain at Emmanuel.
“The diversified agriculture degree will offer students a unique option for post-secondary education,” Mr. Thomason says. “The hands-on learning and internship opportunities combined with an excellent academic foundation will provide students with the ability to succeed in today's agricultural workforce."
"Emmanuel College is an excellent place for students to develop into outstanding workforce and community members," he adds. "The agriculture program will provide an option for students from all over the world to experience an exceptional educational experience while attending one of the best small colleges in the United States. The Northeast Georgia region is very fortunate to have this institution available for lifelong learners.“
Emmanuel will provide students the specialized education and training essential for filling jobs across the state and nation. Graduates of this program could easily fill jobs in the financial industry, research, sales, or the agriculture mission field.
This degree program is currently under a final review by the SACSCOC for content and rigor. Students majoring in agriculture and looking for something closer to home should consider this program. Emmanuel College has the small campus feel with the advantages of a major university.
For more information, call 1-800-860-8800 or visit www.ec.edu/ag.