• Agricultural Workers in field
    Agricultural Workers in field

 A new program for high school students in Wayne County with an interest in the agricultural industry will provide high school credit and also has the option to earn free college credits. The college credits will be earned through North Central State College and can transfer to most in-state and many out-of-state colleges. The new Wayne County Schools Career Center program is called Agribusiness & Production and it will cover a broad range of ag careers.

Agribusiness & Production, an FFA program, is the perfect fit for any high school student interested in a career in agriculture or that supports the agriculture industry. Some of the potential career fields this program introduces students to are Dairy Farm Manager, Food Science Researcher and Developer, Biofuels Engineer, Ag Sales Representatives, Food Industry Technician, Environmental Technician, Forestry Technician, Grain Elevator Manager, Quality Assurance, Crop Science Research Tech, Crop Scout or Specialist, Equine Trainer, Livestock Grader, Herdsman, and many more. 

Three courses providing up to 10 tuition-free college credits have been approved per the agreement between the Wayne County Schools Career Center and North Central State College: Agricultural Management - 3 credits; Soil, Crop, and Greenhouse Management - 4 credits; and Animal Science Management - 3 credits. A fourth course is under consideration providing the possibility of even more college credits.

StudentLoanHero.com estimates the overall average cost for one college credit to be about $594. Earning college credits in high school can save substantial amounts of money for students and parents alike. Students will also be eligible to apply for the Tuition Freedom Scholarship which provides up to two years of free college tuition through North Central State College.

Students enrolled in Agribusiness & Production will benefit from both class time and hands-on exposure to agricultural career fields through internships and field stations.

Agribusiness & Production will make its debut this fall at the Wayne County Schools Career Center. Visitation days are available this spring for students wanting to learn more about the program. Those dates are February 12 and March 12. Applications and visitation forms are available from your school counselor or by calling WCSCC at 330-669-7020. Applications are now being accepted.