MSU Ag Tech expands off-campus certificate programs and sites this fall

New off-campus certificate programs and additional community college partners will increase access to Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology classes.

The Institute of Agricultural Technology at MI (MSU IAT) has been conducting practical plant, animal and technology certificate courses on its East Lansing campus for more than 100 years. In addition to local access to MSU academic programs serving agriculture, the community college collaboration enables students to obtain an Associate’s Degree through supplemental coursework.

Delta College in University Center, Bay County, and Southwestern Michigan College, in Dowagiac, are new partners with Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology.

The off-campus Applied Horse Science certificate provides students the opportunity to study an in-depth horse science curriculum in a variety of topics. This mostly on-line program allows students interaction using a variety of technology including discussion boards, and interactive webinars. Southwestern Michigan College and Montcalm Community College will host this new program.

The new Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology, regulatory compliance, and business management. Agricultural Operations will be offered at Southwestern Michigan College, Montcalm Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, and Delta College.

Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology off-campus coordinators guide prospective students through the application process, creation of a course of study, and student internship. All MSU IAT courses are taught by Michigan State University approved faculty and Michigan State University Extension staff. Credits earned are fully transferable to on-campus bachelor’s degree programs.

Other off-campus certificate programs include Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management, Landscape and Lawn Management, Landscape Management, and Viticulture.

Not all programs are offered at all locations. To obtain information about off-campus MSU IAT certificate programs and admission requirements, visit the website, or contact one of the staff listed below.

  • Southwestern Michigan College, Stacey Rocklin, 269-782-1291, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Grand Rapids Community College, Muskegon Community College, Marcus Duck, 517-353-0351, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Montcalm Community College, Nathan Westfall, 517-355-0190, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Northwestern Michigan College, Brian Matchett, 231-995-1719, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Delta College, Nathan Westfall, 517-355-0190, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Act now since MSU IAT application deadlines and procedures differ from those of community colleges. Complete applications, including transcripts, for new MSU IAT students are due August 1. The application may be found at Institute of Agricultural Technology. MSU classes begin September 2, 2015.

The Viticulture Program is provided in partnership with Viticulture Enology Science Technology Alliance (VESTA). The registration deadline is August 14, 2015 for on-line courses which operate through a separate registration system. VESTA courses begin September 1, 2015.