Career Pathways

Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.

Agronomy

The Agronomy program provides you with the educational background and training in biotechnology, plant breeding, soil science, pest control, precision farming and sustainable agriculture.

Pathway Certificate

A Pathway Certificate is an initial set of courses taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for entry-level employment. All credits earned in the pathway certificate can be applied to the diploma.

Investment = Education

Applicator Technician 10 Credits

How fast can I complete a certificate?

  • 1 semester = 10 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Examples Median Salary*
Applicator Technician $32,640

Technical Diploma

A diploma is a set of course taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for a job in demand by local employers. All credits earned in the diploma can be applied to the degree.

Investment = Education

Agronomy Technician 37 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the Certificate:

  • 6 semesters = 5 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 9 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 14 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Agronomy Technician $40,800

Associate Degree

A two-year, post-high school program with specific course requirements.

Investment = Education

Agronomy 66 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the diploma?

  • 6 semesters = 5 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 10 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 15 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
First-Line Supervisor of Agriculture Corp Workers $55,019

*Source: EMSI based on annual salary.