The Agricultural Technology Program offers two years of education leading to an associate degree in agriculture. In traditional baccalaureate programs (four years), the first two years are devoted to classes often are not directly linked to career goals of a student. The Agricultural Technology Program, however, focuses on the specialized courses that focus on preparing students for their chosen career.
Agricultural technology students have the same rights and privileges as other students of Virginia Tech, except that they can not participate in sports or NCAA Cadet Corps.
All students of Agricultural Technology is required to complete an internship to provide practical work experience in a work environment. The internship lasts for a minimum of 10 weeks, and usually is completed during the summer between the first and second year student in the program. In consultation with the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, the student will select an internship that may involve tasks farms or Virginia Tech research centers and agricultural extension, and / or private farms, landscaping companies, golf courses, golf sports, or agricultural businesses.
Career-oriented curriculum describes the program this partner. The courses are designed and developed to give students the knowledge and practical experience necessary to pursue a career in Applied Agricultural Management or Landscape and Turf Management. Intensive professional training is at the heart of the program. A student learns the how-to of a particular occupation while learning how to start and advance in a career.
Practical experience is what former student Christopher Kite sought. He says. “My experience here has been positive practical experience is an excellent way of gaining knowledge on a topic and the instructors are exceptional.”
The Agricultural Technology Program has added traditional themes and practical laboratories. Students are able to go outside the classroom to install a landscape designed, analyzes of soil and plant tissue analysis, calibrating sprayers, artificially inseminate cattle, or analyzing a commercial enterprise. This experience reinforces classroom assignments and provides a more interesting learning environment.
Small classes are an important element of the Agricultural Technology. The average class size of 24 allows extensive interaction between faculty and students. The relationships developed between teachers and students often last beyond the classroom in the student’s career.
Not just for recent high school graduates
Roger Walker, a 1994 graduate of the landscape and turf management option, was tired of spending most of his time away from his family driving 18-wheelers around the country. He decided to enroll in the program to pursue his interest in landscaping and hopes to open her own business someday.
Walter Kayser, a graduate of 1993, the option for Animal Agriculture, moved from job to job after graduating from high school, but was never really satisfied. Walter wanted a challenging and rewarding career. Since graduation, Walter has been working as an assistant farm manager on a large farm, diversified in
Central Virginia and is really enjoying his new career.
Tom Wilson, a 1992 graduate of landscape and turf management option, never found true satisfaction in their work after graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree. Today, Tom is very happy with his new career working as a national sales representative for a large company and is making more money than I used to.
Work Experience and Jobs
Work experience is acquired through a normally completed internship between the first and second year classes. Students choose a job that suits your interests and work for a minimum of 10 weeks. This opportunity provides valuable work experience that enhances a resume. The internship also helps students solidify career goals and help you determine what you really like or dislike about their work.
Program graduates get good jobs. Industry requires individuals with training beyond the high school level. Graduates meet this need with a practical education, allowing them to hit the ground running when they start their careers.
Salaries are competitive with those offered to graduates of four years. Students can also receive comprehensive benefits packages, which often include health insurance, housing, use of a vehicle, free golf and agricultural and agro-industrial products.
Friends and activities
Entering the middle class has 60 students, resulting in a small town feel in a big university. Classmates become some of the best friends you will make in your life.
Robert Patrick, a graduate option in Animal Agriculture 1996 “.’ve Had great experiences and have met some great friends and it feels like we’re already a family.”
Trey Tanner, a graduate in option Turf and Landscape Management 1996. “I believe that the teachers in the program are willing to take the extra step to help a student succeed”
Meredith Mohler Seal, a 1996 graduate in Agricultural Business option:. “My experience in the Agricultural Technology Program was great I was surprised how friendly people are and how eager they are to help.”
Virginia Tech has over 450 student organizations are open to all students. Participation in these extracurricular activities is an excellent way for students to make the most of university life and meet others with similar interests. Students can participate in the collegiate chapter of the Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers and other clubs, including Block and Bridle, Dairy Science, Horticulture, Turf, Agriculture, and Association / National Agricultural Marketing Agricultural Economics.
Continue your education in a degree program four years
Students completing the Agricultural Technology Program with a minimum 3.0 GPA and course work required high school may qualify for automatic acceptance into a degree program in four years in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The articulation agreement allows students transferred credits toward a degree in four years. The number of credits transferred is up to the individual department where the student is transferring. Approximately 10 percent of students graduating agricultural technology choose to continue their education through the introduction of a four-year program immediately after graduation.
This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain confidence and experience academic success in the program. It is important to note that once a student begins the Agricultural Technology Program, he or she must complete the degree before being admitted to a successful four-year program. Students will not be considered after one year of course work. This policy is necessary to protect the main mission of the program to provide an applied education that is significantly different from traditional academic course work on a four-year program.