#innovationIOWA Kirkwood’s agricultural science program named top in nation for degrees awarded

Kirkwood Community College’s Agricultural Science program is number one in the nation for associate degrees awarded by a two-year college, according to a new list by Community College Week. Kirkwood saw the number of degrees awarded in the program jump from 101 to 117 from 2013 to 2014, a 16 percent increase.
Agricultural Sciences Dean Scott Ermer credited the college’s knowledgeable faculty, close industry connections, and up-to-date training facilities and labs with the program’s success.
“Our students get a hands-on education where they develop one-on-one relationships with faculty, creating a learning environment geared towards student success,” Mr. Ermer said in a press release. “The result is that we are producing the future leaders of the agriculture industry. It’s really exciting.”
Kirkwood has 609 students enrolled in 14 ag-related programs of study this fall. The Agriculture Production, Agriculture Business, Parks and Natural Resources and Agriculture Geospatial programs have the highest number of students.
For more information on the Agricultural Science program at Kirkwood, go to www.kirkwood.edu/ag.

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