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San Jacinto College
News Release
Friday, June 17, 2011

San Jacinto College introduces agriculture associate degrees

Seventeen-year-old Caise Roese will graduate high school next year and enroll at San Jacinto College to pursue an associate degree in agribusiness. This Fall, the College introduces two new degrees to meet the increasing needs of urban agriculture. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing department.PASADENA, Texas — As agricultural practices continue to spread into urban areas, San Jacinto College (SJC) has developed two new degrees to educate students of the increasing job opportunities within a growing industry.

"Agriculture has a major impact on our society, and with the increase of urban population, it is not strictly a rural way of life anymore," said Clara Evans, department chair of the agriculture and agribusiness programs at SJC Central. "There are many job opportunities in agriculture that involve urban areas, and these degrees at San Jacinto College will provide insight to the various careers that students may explore in this industry."

The Associate of Science in Agriculture will provide an overview of a variety of fields that include horticulture, agronomy, forestry, natural resources, animal science, food science, agricultural mechanization, agriculture education, and biotechnology. Evans said students who choose this path might pursue jobs in such areas as farm and ranch management, various livestock production areas, landscaping and nurseries, the meat industry, animal health technologists, animal trainers, forest service, and livestock breed associations.

The Associate of Art in Agribusiness relates to the business and economics of agriculture, which includes processing, storing, distributing, manufacturing, and selling of agriculture products. Jobs obtainable in this area include positions in farm and ranch management, agricultural credit unions and banks, ranch real estate, and more.

LaVerne Roese of La Porte says she is pleased her daughter, Caise Roese, will now be able to spend her first two years of college earning an associate degree in agribusiness, while she enjoys the affordability and comfort of staying at home with her parents.

"I think it's wonderful that San Jacinto College developed these two degrees; a lot of kids around this area will be very interested in pursuing them," said LaVerne Roese. 

Caise, a high school senior, agrees that many of her friends, who have spent their lives raising livestock, will also take advantage of this opportunity to stay close to home. The 17-year-old already has a budding career in the industry as president of her high school's 4H club and secretary of her local Future Farmers of America chapter. She is also the winner of a variety of area competitions, such as earning the title of 2010 Grand Champion of the Harris County Fair and Rodeo and the 2010 Grand Champion of the Youth Expo of Harris County. After completion of the associate degree in agribusiness at SJC, Caise plans to transfer to Sam Houston State University for her bachelor's degree in the same area of study. 

San Jacinto College also maintains an articulation agreement with Texas A&M University, providing students with a specific degree plan that will ensure their admission once completion and grade point average requirements are met. Students enrolled in either of these degree areas may also enjoy internship opportunities with local and state-level organizations and associations.

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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