Woodland Community College is planting greater opportunities for local students in agriculture.
Students, community members and farm and agribusiness officials are invited to join in celebrating the groundbreaking of a second greenhouse at Woodland Community College at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. The event, presented by the WCC Foundation, will be conducted in the WCC Ag Garden, 2300 E. Gibson Road, in Woodland.
“There’s a growing need in the ag community for employees with farm and research experience. Northern California is a key seed propagation and seed research area, and we believe the expansion to the WCC ag program will cultivate ideal, local candidates to fill those positions,” said Brandi Asmus, WCC agriculture professor.
When completed, the new facility and upgrades to the current greenhouse will allow twice as many college students to take ag classes, and expand hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art farm-related technologies, such as hydroponic, indoor climate control and germination advancements used by Yolo County businesses and ag companies worldwide.
“Our WCC agriculture program offers a variety of training in greenhouse management in our existing greenhouse. The new facility, however, will allow more precise controls, which will increase the skill-set of students in technology and logistics used in current greenhouse settings,” Asmus said.
The project has been germinating for several years. Funds from Yuba Community College District and a $20,000 grant from The Monsanto Fund has been key to moving the college’s ag program forward.
“We celebrate the Yuba Community College District Board’s commitment of $600,000 to finish this project,” said Woodland College President Michael White. “This is the first step in the future development of our ag program campaign.”
The college’s Ag Department currently offers associate’s degrees in agriculture and environmental horticulture, as well as certificates of achievement in ag business, environmental horticulture, and the new agriculture research technician.
Asmus is excited about expanding programs that directly affect the local economy.
“There is also a drought looming on the horizon for certified Pest Control Advisors as a large number of them are reaching retirement age,” said Asmus. PCAs are responsible for making sure pesticides are used safely in agriculture and community practices, including bug and pest removal in businesses, schools and homes. “WCC offers courses that will qualify a student to sit for the PCA exam offered by the Department of Pesticide Regulation.”
The greenhouse groundbreaking ceremony will include guest speakers from UC Davis and Monsanto.
Cultivating Our Minds, Our Land, Our Future
SAVE THE DATE
Woodland Community College Foundation invites you to attend the
Thursday, October 6, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WCC Agricultural Garden
2300 E. Gibson Rd., Woodland, CA
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