Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree - Technical/Professional Studies
For more information: Contact Prof. John Mayhorne, 443-412-2382, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Advising, Career, and Transfer Services, 443-412-2301. Additional contacts: Glori Hyman, Acting Director Institute of Applied Agriculture University of Maryland, College Park http://iaa.umd.edu 301-405-4685.
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Harford Community College cooperates with the Institute of
Applied Agriculture (IAA), University of Maryland, College
Park, to offer this program. HCC offers general education
courses to prepare students for transfer to the Institute of
Applied Agriculture. The Institute of Applied Agriculture
offers the subject-specific courses required for this program.
HCC awards the Associate of Applied Sciences degree in
Technical/Professional Studies upon successful completion
of the program.
In order to graduate with this degree, a student must have an
approved written learning plan including concentration area
on file in the Advising, Career, and Transfer Services Office.
The plan must be developed in collaboration with a Faculty
Advisor or an Academic Division Dean and include courses
from the Technical/Professional electives and Technical/Professional core courses listed below.
* Select from at least two disciplines.
AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/
Advances in technology continue to change agriculture in
Maryland and across the nation. This technology can be
used to ignite creative solutions to the challenge of protecting
natural resources while managing productive, profitable
businesses. Effective management and business skills can be
applied to careers in feed or seed sales and service, nutrient
management consulting, and crop and livestock production.
The business skills emphasized in this program are an
important part of success in any career area. Coupled with
courses in agricultural mechanics and crop and animal
science, students gain skills that are important for managing
an effective agricultural enterprise. Internship experiences
provide work with industry professionals and interaction
with others in agriculture.
EQUINE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/BUSINESS
Students who enjoy horses are provided an opportunity to
make a career out of that enjoyment through this program.
The program opens a vast array of career possibilities that
include pasture management, horse health, training and
behavior, marketing, business finance, and the operation of
businesses engaged in equine-related activities. Students will
learn valuable business skills as well as up-to-date information
on horse care, behavior, feeding practices and more. Hands-on
experience and industry contacts are gained through
internships at equine-related businesses. There are over
400 licensed stables in Maryland, and the horse industry
contributes $1.6 billion to Marylandís economy.
GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT/BUSINESS
Golf course superintendents/managers combine business
and communication skills with science. They are part
scientist,part executive, part environmentalist, and part
golfer. Their expertise provides an outstanding playing
surface for professional and recreational golfers. This
expertise includes Turfgrass science, pest control strategies,
computer driven irrigation systems, and state-of-the-art
maintenance equipment. There are over 17,000 golf courses
in the U.S. and over 200 in Maryland that require educated
and experienced superintendents and managers. This
program prepares students to enter this exciting career.
This program provides training in basic botany; landscape
construction and maintenance; plant, weed, and insect
identification; business and personnel management; computer
applications and more. Students use the latest technology
and software to plan, research, and complete projects.
Internships at landscape companies offer hands-on experience
and the opportunity to make industry contacts. Landscape
companies do over $217.5 million in business in Maryland
annually and jobs are plentiful.
Turfgrass management requires science and business skills to
satisfy the publicís demand for green lawns and playable and
safe athletic fields. A combination of education and experience
opens numerous doors in the area of Turfgrass management
from professional ball fields to lawn care businesses. The
program includes in-depth study of turfgrasses, soils, fertilizers
and pesticides. Internships offer hands-on experience and the
opportunity to make industry contacts. The Turfgrass industry
is a growth industry, which generates $30 billion annually
in the U.S. In Maryland, the Turfgrass industry contributes
$1 billion to the Stateís economy.