Michigan State University (MSU) Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) has partnered with Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) to offer a Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management Certificate and Landscape Management Certificate. The partnership allows students to earn a certificate from MSU IAT while working toward an Associates of Applied Science from WCCCD. Full-time students are able to complete the associate degree and certificate in just two years.
By working together, MSU and WCCCD are able to offer specialized training programs for high-demand jobs close to home and at a lower overall cost. Graduates will be prepared for rewarding job opportunities in agriculture or to transfer to continue their education
Anthony Arminiak, WCCCD Downriver Campus President
The program offers regionally relevant agricultural training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries such as commercial fruit and vegetable growing, crop production and management services, farm operations, equipment sales and services, irrigation services, landscape design, construction and maintenance, retail equipment and supply centers, greenhouse and field nursery operations, retail garden centers and many more.
Students will benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered at the WCCCD Downriver Campus. All MSU courses will be taught by approved MSU faculty, including local industry professionals. Students seeking career advancement in the field or looking to transfer to a four-year institution should elect the Association of Applied Science Degree. Students who wish to prepare only for Landscape Management or Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management should select the certificate option.
The WCCCD Downriver Campus, located on approximately 100 acres at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor, Michigan, was built in 1978, and includes a 7-acre woodland preserve with a winding path used for nature walks by students, faculty, staff and residents of the surrounding community.
WCCCD’s Downriver Campus will soon be adding a new facility with the Horticulture Education Center. The $15 million Center is scheduled to be finished by December of 2018 and will give students access to state-of-the-art greenhouses, labs, and gardens that provide even more hands-on experience for industries ranging from urban agriculture to microbial biotechnology and gardening.
The $15 million Horticulture Education Center will provide unique education and training for the Agricultural science industry and the community. The center will focus on greenhouse technology, plant conservatory and student STEM research.
The District will use money it has been accumulating since voters approved a millage in 2012 to improve instruction and bolster WCCCD’s offerings.
The facility would provide year-round opportunities for tours, workshops and seminars and partnerships for community enrichment and partnership projects. Partnership groups would include conservatories and public gardens, gardening clubs, high schools, landscapers, nurseries, greenhouses, as well as community parks and recreation areas.
“We are thrilled to offer a modern location where students and residents alike can study a field that has grown rapidly in interest and importance to our region, and the nation at large,” said Arminiak. “Michigan is a leader in agriculture and metro Detroit is a leader in urban agriculture. This center is directly in line with that interest and with our mission to provide pathways to better lives through higher education.”
For more information about this new partnership, enrollment and programs, call 734-946-3500, ext. 3208 or visit iat.msu.edu/detroit