A new Associate in Applied Science degree in agriculture with emphasis areas of agribusiness, animal science and plant science was approved by the Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees. Students are slated to have access to this educational path during the 2020-21 school year.
The agriculture degree program was developed by MCC veterinary technology faculty in partnership with high school Future Farmers of America programs, university agriculture programs, Kansas City agribusiness leaders and regional agriculture business representatives.
With a current and growing need for agriculture industry employees in the Kansas City region, this opportunity seemed necessary, a press release states, as there aren't any agriculture degrees offered regionally at the moment.
"MCC can now provide the Kansas City agriculture industry with an educated workforce and MCC can be the pathway from quality high school FFA chapters to top-notch university agriculture programs," MCC Veterinary Technology Director Chris Morrow said. "Students interested in agriculture can now utilize Missouri A+ scholarship funding and affordable MCC tuition to earn an associate degree in agriculture before they enter the workforce or transfer on to pursue their bachelor's degree."
A feasibility study conducted by MCC estimated that the number of agriculture jobs in the Kansas City region will grow by about 8% over a five-year period, the release states, from 2,923 in 2018 to 3,144 in 2023. This is projected to be double the growth of the national level.
For more information, contact MCC at 604-1000.