Academic Programs / Agriculture



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Agriculture Management- AAS
Agriculture Production - Certificate
       General Ag emphasis (Gainful employment info)
       Dairy Milker emphasis (Gainful employment info)

Associate of Science
Associate of Applied Science

Agricultural Management
Associate of Applied Science
The agricultural business management degree (AAS) prepares students for employment or self-employment in the increasingly technical field of agricultural business management. This HCC program links agriculture with business - an essential partnership for success. Students study business records and farm management during specific agricultural courses in this program.

Associate of Science
Highland agriculture associate of science program (AS) provides the essential elements for a career in agriculture and related products and services. Since northwest Illinois is predominantly an agriculture-based region, HCC is aware of the need for knowledgeable professionals in the significant field of agriculture. The HCC general education agriculture curriculum enables students to transfer to a wide variety of senior institutions for completion of baccalaureate degree.

Agriculture Production
Associate of Applied Science/Certificate
Both the HCC agriculture production certificate (Cert.) and associate of applied science programs (AAS) are designed to provide vital technical skills and training for the student whose goal is to enter this field or enhance his/her agriculture production skills. Following program completion, students may focus on the financial aspects of agriculture production, livestock, or crops.

Possible Career Paths
Even though only 2% of the population is involved in agriculture production, over 20% of all jobs are agrelated. There are tremendous opportunities for a vocation in the diverse and changing field of agriculture. Those majoring in agriculture may choose careers as farm managers, farm equipment salespersons, cooperative extension agents, bank agricultural managers, auctioneers, and high school teachers - just to name a few. They may also work with agriculture chemicals, feed, fertilizers, grains, and seeds.

Our Agriculture Faculty:
Justin Ebert, Agriculture faculty

Monica Pierce, Agriculture faculty
Joe Grove, Economics faculty

Scholarship Opportunities:

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