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EWC launches new program, degree

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

The agriculture department at Eastern Wyoming College (EWC) is pleased to announce the opportunity for a new certificate and degree program in precision agriculture.

This new certificate and degree programs were designed with the encouragement of the EWC Ag Advisory Committee. This committee had input into the course and program development.

The certificate program is designed to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to successfully incorporate precision agriculture into a business operation. With successful completion of this certificate, students can obtain their own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilot’s license.

Students enrolling in the associate of applied science degree program will gain the skills required for entry-level employment in precision agriculture. This would include jobs in the service industry related to agriculture equipment sales and services, crop scouting, fertilizer and chemical application, variable rate irrigation, soils and remote sensing. Any other employment utilizing this technology, such as Natural Resources Conservation Service projects, range management and land reclamation would benefit from this degree.  

“This is a rapidly growing and quickly changing area of agriculture with great job potential,” shared Monte Stokes, EWC agricultural instructor and division chair.

New courses developed for this certificate and degree include Precision Agriculture II, Precision Hardware and Software, UAV License and Registration, Precision Agriculture III and Precision Agriculture IV.

Students can enroll into this certificate or AAS degree program today. Contact the main campus at 307-532-8200 or stop by 3200 West C Street in Torrington. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

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