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Agriculture Program - Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette
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  Andrea Schwartz
  Dean, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science
  Associate Professor, Agriculture
  Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN


The Agriculture Program at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette began in the fall of 2007. A program chair was hired to build a leading-edge program, tasked with developing the curriculum, recruiting students, and beginning the first ever agriculture program at a community college in Indiana.

One degree that is offered is the Associate of Applied Science, a two-year technical degree. 44 of the 60 credits earned by students are in agriculture courses ranging from career preparation to agricultural sales, agronomy to animal science, and agribusiness to agricultural data management. This degree also requires a summer internship. To date, we have had over 200 interns completing a variety of experiential learning opportunities at the forefront of the agricultural industry all over the country.

The second degree the Agriculture Program offers is the Associate of Science, a two-year transfer degree. This credential provides an avenue for students to earn a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from a four-year institution. It is more concentrated in general studies courses while still providing the foundational Agriculture courses students need to be successful in higher-level undergraduate courses.

One special program related to the Associate of Science degree is the Pathway to Purdue Agriculture program. This program originated in the fall semester of 2010 and has three main goals: to increase access to a Purdue College of Agriculture Bachelor’s degree, increase readiness for successful completion of an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree, and to engage students in the university culture of Purdue as freshmen. This program is extremely successful and has made a huge impact on the Agriculture Program at Ivy Tech-Lafayette with nearly 300 students admitted over the last 9 years reaching a high-water mark of 56 for the upcoming year.

The Agriculture Program at Ivy Tech-Lafayette has additional collaborative opportunities:

  • Dual credit – Indiana high schools have the availability of providing dual credit to students in eight different agriculture courses.
  • Agronomy farm – Ivy Tech-Lafayette owns 65 acres of crop-producing land adjacent to campus. This farm serves as an applied research and demonstration lab.
  • WHIN – The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network is a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to working together to fuel prosperity by harnessing the power of Internet-enabled sensors to develop our region into a global epicenter of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing ( WHIN is funded through the Lilly Endowment Foundation, and is a partnership between Purdue University, Ivy Tech-Lafayette and community organizations.


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