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LRSC Partners with DCB to Deliver Ag Courses, Degree
North Dakota Ag Connection - 03/14/2019

A partnership between Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College (LRSC), and Williston State College, will bring an agricultural degree to the Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) campus.

Agriculture is big business in north-central North Dakota and Dakota College at Bottineau is taking steps to support this important industry.

Starting in Fall 2019, DCB will be offering a new program in Agriculture Management and Technology. This new program is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and fill a critical workforce need. The program will allow students the opportunity to focus on one (or more) of the following options: Livestock Production, Crop Production, Specialty Crop Production and Agribusiness.

This program will prepare students for rewarding opportunities in the growing field of agriculture by providing them with quality education and training and practical work experience. DCB will partner with Lake Region State College and Williston State College for the delivery of this program. This collaboration will provide students with a wide range of courses using the latest agriculture technologies.

Courses are offered through several delivery formats that include on-campus and distance education (i.e., online and Interactive Video Network). Each campus will provide courses. DCB is also looking into the possibility of providing shortened courses which are offered from January through March/April which will allow students to participate in internships in local agribusinesses and on farms during the busy spring season.

The North Dakota Ag Consortium (NDAC) currently consists of DCB, LRSC, and WSC. The campuses are hoping the partnership will continue to grow with more partners since agriculture is such a large employer regionally and statewide.

The consortium is an example of campuses partnering instead of competing to meet a labor need in the state. This program is designed for individuals who are looking to advance their career opportunities and obtain practical, hands-on work experience through internships. Students will have the option to complete a one-year certificate program or a two-year associate degree program.

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