The Agriculture Department offers a wide array of courses that reflect agricultural production in the desert southwest from plant science, pest management, and soils to animal science, turfgrass management, and plant propagation.
The department is continuing to work with research specialist, industry leaders, and university academia to develop advanced courses and degrees that meet the needs of the community and industry.
Graduates of the agriculture programs or certificates will learn a wide range of skills and gain industry specific experience in:
- Demonstrating the skills required in diagnosing farm business problems.
- Analyzing new and innovative production techniques.
- Identifing and solving some of the problems facing production and distribution.
- Correlating soil properties with plant growth and making recommendations regarding nutrient availability, crop water requirements and basic soil management.
- Demonstrating necessary skills and knowledge to effectively control common agricultural pests.
- Describing the complexities and functions of pollination, fertilization, and embryo development.
- Describing the critical conditions that can lead to growth of food-borne pathogens.
- Demonstrating an understanding of manufacturing practices and evaluating facility and inventory practices for food safety risks.
- Writing, evaluating, and revising when needed effective standard operating procedures.
My time at AWC is something I do not take for granted. It granted me the opportunities to discover who I was and what I wanted out of my future career in Agriculture while obtaining a quality education here locally. It’s an honor to be an AWC Alum!
Attending Arizona Western College to graduate with an Associates in Agriculture Science degree and Food Safety Science certificate has been such a great experience. From the awesome hands-on learning in class to the life long friends that I have made in the same area of study as me. The Agriculture advisor Mrs. Tosha Gillispie has been nothing but helpful and sweet during the process of taking the courses necessary to graduate successfully, thanks to her and my family I will be receiving my diploma while interning at a chemical company in the Research and Development department putting my knowledge and ag experience to work.