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AGRICULTURE

The Agriculture certificate will train graduates for entry-level positions in the agriculture, food, and natural resources areas as represented in the agriculture career cluster pathway.  

Sandburg offers a variety of transferable agriculture courses for students planning to transfer to a college or university to study agriculture. Sandburg also has an agreement with the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)Students planning to transfer to other four-year institutions are highly encouraged to establish communication with their desired institution to determine course equivalencies prior to registering for classes. 

 

Admission Requirements

Agriculture is an open enrollment program, meaning there is no criteria students must meet to be admitted.  Students who are interested in enrolling in the agriculture program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center
309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Employment

The Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows little shift in employment for agricultural workers from now to 2028. An increase of 10% job growth is expected for agricultural equipment operators. The overall job growth for agricultural workers including farm-workers, laborers, and agricultural equipment operators is good because workers often leave the occupation due to the strenuous work. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020).

 
Careers

Farm and Ranch Managers 

Farm-workers and Laborers, Crop

Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Sample course schedule for the Agriculture program

Sample schedule for Agriculture certificate

 

Program format

The Agriculture program offers both online and face-to-face class options. However, the program can not be done entirely online. 

 

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM

Agriculture certificate cost sheet


FINANCIAL AID

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

  • Hancock County 550 N. Madison St., Carthage, IL 217.357.6749      
  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280


SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Karen Corrigan 
Agriculture Adjunct Instructor 

Bradford Hartweg
Hamilton High School Dual Credit Agriculture Instructor

Krista Swanson
Agriculture Adjunct Instructor 

 

Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
309.341.5274