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New online agricultural business degree offered thru CSU and NJC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
    A new online undergraduate degree completion program in agricultural business from the Division of Continuing Education at Colorado State University was announced at an event at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling earlier this month. The program is designed for students who have completed an associate’s degree with an emphasis in agriculture or have required transfer credits.
    “Our northeast Colorado economy is built on the strength of agriculture,” said Lance Bolton, president of Northeastern Junior College. “We know many of our current and former students will embrace the opportunity to complete their agricultural business degree through this new online option. We applaud CSU’s efforts to increase access to higher education with targeted programs that meet the needs of rural Colorado.”
    The flexible online program uses economic theory to provide a framework for understanding agricultural issues, predicting the likely effects of government policies and regulations and devising solutions to economic and environmental problems. It focuses on the production and marketing of agricultural products for an industry that requires a variety of businesses to distribute, process, package and market agricultural commodities, in addition to other businesses to supply agricultural producers with capital, fuel, machinery, fertilizer and management services.
    “Colorado State has a long history of working with Northeastern Junior College to provide agricultural education, and we are pleased to be moving forward together to provide quality online learning options for students who seek an undergraduate degree,” said Lou Swanson, vice provost for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships at Colorado State.
    Marshall Frasier, a professor in CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, points to the flexibility of the program as a unique element that makes it valuable for students. “This degree completion program allows students to take charge of their own education and, together with an advisor, build a flexible plan of study that meets their needs and will help them succeed,” said Frasier. The Division of Continuing Education at Colorado State University develops and delivers quality programs and educational opportunities in support of the university’s land grant mission with fully online and face-to-face graduate and undergraduate degrees; professional development training; certificate programs; online credit and noncredit courses; and industry specific training throughout northern Colorado, Denver and wherever students are located through online and distance delivery modes.
    For more information, visit www.learn.colostate.edu/degrees/ or call 970-491-5288 or 877-491-4336.