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Educators at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) and Michigan State University (MSU) have launched an initiative to create a seamless pathway for students to start at SVSU, then transfer to MSU for a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Ruth Borger at 517-483-1555, ext. 143

 

Michigan Students to Benefit from Increased Access to Agricultural, Food and Natural Resources Post-secondary Education


Michigan students interested in becoming agriculture teachers, communicators or working in related agricultural careers may have a new way to earn a college degree.

Educators at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) and Michigan State University (MSU) have launched an initiative to create a seamless pathway for students to start at SVSU, then transfer to MSU for a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science.

“This program is all about increasing access for students interested in a career in teaching agricultural, food and natural resources education in Michigan high schools, in addition to positions in the agribusiness and communications industry,” said Randy Showerman, state supervisor for agriculture, food and natural resources in the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and associate professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at MSU. “Qualified graduates in these areas are in high demand. Improving and increasing ways that students can complete this degree will help increase the number of qualified graduates.”

The project integrates SVSU programs and courses with MSU’s Institute for Agricultural Technology (IAT) programs and pre-agriculture courses to create a foundational curriculum that tranfers to MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

It will also identify and streamline processes to certify agriculture, food and natural resources teachers from both institutions. The intent is to create a “pathway” for students to start at SVSU and finish at MSU, using the best resources at both institutions without duplicating programs.

“This is a win-win for both institutions but more importantly a win for Michigan residents who want a college degree in agriscience,” said Deborah R. Huntley, dean of SVSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “We are eager to partner with our colleagues from MSU and create new opportunities for Michigan students to develop the skills they need to pursue careers in our burgeoning agricultural sector.

Faculty and administrators from both institutions have already made progress and hope to start implementation of the partnership in early 2012.