Lethbridge College makes ag program more flexible

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Students in Lethbridge College’s agriculture sciences program will have an extra year to determine their career path.

The program is being revamped so there is a common first year focused on basics of agriculture, such as botany, animal science, commodity marketing, soils, sustainable agriculture and communications. Students will then select from one of three majors in their second year: agronomy, animal science or a recently introduced agriculture business option. Previously, students had to choose a major prior to their first year of study. The change goes into effect this month.

“Many students begin college unsure what area they would like to specialize in, or which area of agriculture they might find opportunity in,” said Terry Kowalchuk, dean of the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design.

The Agriculture Sciences program has a nearly 100 per cent job placement rate following graduation, said Byrne Cook, chair of the School of Agriculture.

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