Off-campus Michigan State University Applied Horse Science Certificate program launched

New off-campus certificate in Applied Horse Science will increase access to Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology classes.

In response to the horse industry’s call for education for youth and adults, the Michigan State University Institute of Agriculture Technology (MSU IAT) Applied Horse Science certificate was born.

“The Applied Horse Science Program will be revised from the My Horse University online course curriculum,” indicates Christine Skelly, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University.

Montcalm Community College, in Sidney and Greenville, and Southwestern Michigan College, in Dowagiac, are sites for the new hybrid on-line, off-campus horse education program.

Skelly states, “Partnering with MSU IAT allows us to create a new learning experience for college students across the state in the area of Applied Horse Science. Students who may not be able to come to the MSU campus can take our horse science courses through their community college. We hope to offer students an opportunity to study horse science within their own community. Nontraditional students that have families or jobs can use the online courses to fit in their education into their busy schedules and responsibilities.”

The Institute of Agricultural Technology at MSU (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. MSU IAT is housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

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)
  • Montcalm Community College, Merry Kim Meyers, 989-328-2111, Ext. 398, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 “Depending on a student’s horse background, equestrian abilities and strengths, jobs in horse farm management, riding instruction and horse related sales like feed and equipment will be a good fit for most students graduating from the Applied Horse Science Program,” says Skelly of career options.

The off-campus presence allows for building relationships with the local horse community through the community college program and expansion of Michigan State University Extension offerings, according to Skelly.

For more information about MSU IAT programs, please contact Dr. Randy Showerman, Director, at 517-355-0190 or by E-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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