Resources for Education
The Agriculture Center of Excellence focuses on the promotion of clear education and career pathways for the agricultural industry. Pathways are created through a combination of promotion, partnerships, collaborative degrees and articulation agreements.
- Preview the Classes & Degrees page to view which colleges offer agriculture and natural resource training programs.
Click HERE to fill out a short Programs of Study Survey and a Washington College representative will contact you with more information on your areas of interest.
School of Wine: Training Students for Jobs in Washington State’s Wine Industry
With more than 700 vineyards, Washington state has become a premier location for viticulture. One community college has created a winemaking degree that fosters economic, environmental and cultural sustainability in and around the city of Walla Walla where vineyards continue to sprout. Click HERE to watch the video.
Online PhD Programs – Can a Doctorate Help You Find a Job?
Student recruitment is the primary request for support from community and technical colleges served by the Center. To meet this need the Center implemented an innovative two step strategy to recruit a greater number of high school students and dislocated workers into collegiate agriculture and natural resource programs.
Explore the most up-to-date data and links for educational opportunities to support a career in Agriculture. Visit the Workers & Students page and follow the Career Bridge links.
Statewide Ag Recruiter
The Agriculture Center of Excellence sends a representative to high schools in Washington State to encourage Agricultural Education programs and careers. Each student is given an interest card to share their contact information and areas of interest in Agriculture. Colleges are then provided with student contact information and interest areas, allowing each college to target students in their respective program areas.
In addition to recruiting at high schools, the Center developed a program guide to market college programs to Workforce Development Councils, WorkSource Centers, and agriculture associations. The latest Agriculture & Natural Resource Program Guide may be viewed by clicking the link below or at the top of this page.
WSU Articulation Agreement
The Washington State University (WSU) College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) shares an interest with community colleges and other institutions of higher education in facilitating the seamless transfer of students to WSU. College faculty and staff care greatly about student access to higher education and wish to make this transfer between two and four-year institutions as barrier-free as possible.
As such, CAHNRS has developed a set of articulation guidelines to assist WSU CAHNRS and community college personnel that are interested in developing articulation arrangements into CAHNRS degree programs. A handbook of these guidelines can be downloaded in PDF format using the following link:
Curriculum Development Workshops
The Center sponsors and coordinates Curriculum Development Workshops for the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators (WACANE) Annual Conference. The Curriculum Development Workshops are presented by community and technical college agriculture and natural resource faculty members. The workshops enable college faculty to build relationships with their high school counterparts, introduce a specific area of study into high school curriculum, and provide high school teachers with prepared lesson plans and labs that translate to college programs through programs of study.
Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is defined as the process of identifying, assessing and recognizing skills, knowledge, or competencies that have been acquired through work experience, unrecognized training, independent study, volunteer activities, and hobbies. PLA may be applied toward academic credit, toward requirement of a training program, or for occupational certification.
Faculty Network & Development
The Washington Association of Collegiate Agriculture and Natural Resource Educators (WACANE) exists to serve community and technical college faculty, facilitating a forum in which teaching strategies, curriculum and best practices are shared. WACANE meets at least semi-annually via Interactive Television (ITV) or Elluminate.
Last Updated 5.13.13