Scholarship OpportunitiesAgribusiness is one of Minnesota’s most important industries, resulting in tremendous opportunities in a variety of related career fields. To be successful, today’s agribusiness professionals need a well-rounded understanding of current ag concepts, innovations and trends. South Central College’s Agribusiness programs will provide you with this broad-based knowledge, as well as specific instruction in your area of interest.

The Agribusiness employment outlook is promising, according to the 2013-2014 AgCareers.com Agribusiness Human Resources ReviewTM, with 65% of U.S. companies surveyed expecting to increase their workforce in the next two years.
According to the study, compensation is also increasing, with 57% of companies surveyed indicating all staff would likely see salary increases in the next year and an additional 41% indicating some staff would likely receive increases – a total of
98%. In addition, 85% of the companies also utilized bonuses in addition to standard compensation.

Our 2+2 Partnership with the University of Minnesota allows you to take two years of agribusiness training at SCC and transfer all your credits to a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Education. The bottom line is that SCC students succeed and qualified graduates have dozens of job opportunities available to them upon completion of their training.Photos of agribusiness students in the field

 

South Central College Agribusiness Department is dedicated to preparing college men and women for careers in agriculture. Agriculture is a diverse, challenging, exciting industry. It needs people who have a passion for the importance of the industry and are excited about the promising future it offers.

SCC Agribusiness Department serves approximately 100 students from across southern Minnesota. The teaching philosophy of the agribusiness faculty of SCC is an aggressive "hands-on-approach" to learning. A goal of the department is students first and for each student to have success in gaining employment At the 2004 National Agriculture Educators Convention, South Central College Agribusiness Program was named the National Region III "Outstanding Post Secondary Agriculture Program.”

Scholarship Oppurtunities

South Central College’s Agribusiness Programs

Agribusiness Service Technician (farm diesel mechanics): With both gasoline and diesel equipment and vehicle maintenance becoming increasingly complex, expert technicians are in high demand. Graduates from South Central College’s Agribusiness Technician program are prepared to work with farm equipment and industrial dealers, food processing companies,
independent repair shops, trucking and bus companies, as well as related diesel industries.

Agribusiness Production: Given the increasing focus on productivity, efficiency and consolidation, formal training is almost a requirement for anyone interested in production agriculture. With emphasis in both plant and animal production, South Central College’s Agribusiness Production program will prepare you for a career as a self-employed farmer, partnership farmer or farm manager.

Agribusiness Service & Management: A wide variety of agriculture focused businesses need individuals to deliver services or sell their products. South Central College’s Agribusiness Service & Management program will prepare you for a career with fertilizer and ag chemical companies, farmer cooperatives, feed suppliers, grain elevators, farm service and supply centers and other ag-related enterprises.

Agribusiness Office Specialist/Manager: South Central College’s Agribusiness and Office Administration and Technology programs have joined together to offer an Agribusiness Office Specialist/Manager degree option. Individuals with this coveted combination of skills can work in a variety of agricultural office settings, including modern corporate farms, ag lenders, implement dealers, farm and home retail operations and government agencies.

Ag Chemical Applicator Technician: The use of sophisticated, high tech chemical application equipment provides many opportunities for trained technicians. South Central College will prepare you for a position with farm cooperatives, fertilizer and herbicide companies.

Agriculture Education Technology U of M Partnership: The shortage of agricultural educators was the catalyst for the creation of a unique partnership between South Central College and the University of Minnesota. This “2 + 2” programs enables you to complete your first two years at South Central College and apply all your credits toward a 4-year degree in Ag Education from the University of Minnesota.South Central College offers training opportunities in several agricultural areas. They include the following degree and diploma programs.

If you are passionate about agriculture and the future opportunities that the agricultural industry provides, South Central College looks forward to partnering with you to assist you in preparing for a career in the industry of agriculture.

Program Contacts
Don Hermanson Agribusiness Instructor 507-389-7205 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it bio
Pete Neigebauer Agribusiness Instructor 507-389-7290 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it bio
Megan Roberts Agribusiness Instructor 507-389-7331 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Bruce White Agribusiness Service Technician Instructor 507-389-7367 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it bio
Jim Zwaschka Agribusiness Service Technician Instructor 507-389-7204 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it bio
         
Dean of Southern Minnesota Center for Agriculture
Brad J. Schloesser   507-389-7263 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
         
Admissions
Kayla Sandersfeld   507-389-7490 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it