Agriculture has changed significantly over the last 50 years, and the educational foundation of those growing crops also had to adapt. The industry needs employees who are skilled in cutting-edge technology and authentic agricultural communicators who can solve problems and be well managed. Students need local training leading to jobs that are in-demand in the region that support rural lifestyles with a good wage.
As part of the partnership, all students will complete Field Experience internships to apply their learning. Rhodes State College's new industry-supported certificates and technical Associates Degrees in Agriculture were created through a partnership with Northwest Ohio Agriculture employers and High School Agriculture Teachers in the ten-county region.
This partnership helped Rhodes design a program that both meets the needs of industry and students. Dr. Jim Uphaus, the Agriculture Program Chair and Lori A. Dyer, the Agriculture Program Director will be presenting a brief history on the changing ag industry in Ohio and how Rhodes has shifted learning opportunities for students at the July Agribusiness Forum.