Number of Programs: 2
Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI
Michigan State University (MSU) and Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) are working together to offer specialized training programs for careers in some of Michigan’s highest demand industries. Students benefit from dual enrollment at both institutions with all courses delivered in Dowagiac, Michigan, the home of SMC.
This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate’s degree from SMC. The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the grape and wine industry.
The 48-credit Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program provides students an opportunity to apply practical knowledge and training on the selection, use, and management of fruit and vegetable crops. The program combines classroom instruction and theory with practical experience gained through field laboratories and a professional internship. Graduates of the program are prepared for careers in the fruit and vegetable industry.
Online and On-site in either Traverse City, MI (Northwestern Michigan College) or Dowagiac, MI (Southwestern Michigan College)
Viticulture is a term used that refers to grape production and vineyard management. In response to an industry need for professionals with regional grape industry knowledge, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology has partnered with Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan and Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan to offer a Viticulture Certificate program. Students in the program will also take online courses from the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA). This combined program will enable students to complete a Viticulture Certificate from the Institute of Agricultural Technology while working towards an Associate’s degree from SMC.
The Viticulture Certificate program provides students with a solid background in plant science along with specific expertise and skills needed for careers in the grape industry. Students enrolled in the program will take courses related to plants, soils, pests, plant disease, pruning techniques, and vineyard management.