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As the only two-year program of its kind in South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College’s Diversified Agriculture program offers a comprehensive study of modern production agriculture.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
As people around the globe observed the winter holidays with colorful decorations and candlelight, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) quietly welcomed two baby calves into the world at its Saluda County Campus. The births took place within a few days of one another ― right after Thanksgiving. And...
Located in agriculture-rich Saluda County, the curriculum offers the hands-on training and in-depth classroom instruction necessary to understand and master the daily requirements of a career in agriculture.
The program has been developed in collaboration with some of the major agribusinesses in the region, so you can be sure that you’ll be qualified to enter the work force with the skills that employers need, or to operate a farm of your own after graduation.
Agriculture-based businesses play a critical and expanding role in the growth of South Carolina's economy.
According to the South Carolina department of agriculture, farming generates over two billion dollars a year at the farm level, but the impact on the state’s economy goes far beyond the farm gate. Agriculture has a direct and indirect economic impact of $33.9 billion a year, provides $7.5 billion in labor income.
Graduates of the Diversified Agriculture program will be well prepared to manage related businesses in production, marketing and utilization.
As a student in PTC’s Diversified Agriculture program, you’ll learn firsthand how computers and precision agriculture technology are driving efficiency and productivity into the future, and you’ll learn from successful farmers who are involved in cutting-edge production agriculture. We know that it’s critical for students to get hands-on experience applying what they’ve learned in the classroom.
You’ll get direct experience on working farms throughout the region during the course of your studies.
If you’re headed toward a bachelor’s degree, the Diversified Agriculture program offers transfer paths to prominent agriculture programs like the ones at Clemson University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Starting at PTC has some definite advantages.
You’ll get an associate degree and an in-depth understanding of the business before transferring. You’ll also get priceless real-world experience in production agriculture that will give you an advantage when you’re ready to enter the work force. Best of all, because PTC’s tuition is the lowest in the region, you’ll save thousands in tuition and fees by completing your first two years with us.
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.