Following a vote by its Board of Trustees, Central Texas College (CTC) will expand its agriculture degree program in the fall 2014 semester. Board members voted unanimously to reinstate the Associate in Applied Science degree – agriculture and business management.
The new degree plan will offer agriculture students a learning experience enabling them to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts in the business of the agriculture industry including equine management and training, animal husbandry, horticulture, wildlife and range conservation. Completion of the degree program will require 64 credit hours of instruction which includes courses in the agriculture industry, animal science, agriculture economics, computers in agriculture and other business-related courses.
CTC was granted the opportunity by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to seek approval for reinstatement of the degree program. “The degree plan was discontinued approximately two years ago due to low graduate completers in this particular area,” explained Dr. Ralph Ford, CTC president – Texas Operations and Online Programs. “However, due to legislative changes, and program changes initiated by our Agriculture department, we feel this is a viable degree program and we look forward to offering it our students.”
CTC currently has nearly 90 students enrolled in its agriculture program. Along with the Associate of Applied Science degrees, CTC offers one- and two-year certificates of completion. Both the degree and certificate programs offer specializations in equine management, horticultural development and agricultural production. CTC also has a certificate of completion program in agriculture technology. For students wishing to complete a bachelor’s degree in this field, CTC provides the first two years through its Associate of Science degree in agriculture science.