Michigan State University recently announced an exciting new agreement with all high school Agriscience and Natural Resources programs throughout the state. Students who have completed a Michigan state-approved agriculture program and have met certain criteria will be eligible to receive six college credits upon entry into Michigan State University.
That’s big news for the students enrolled in the Agriscience and Natural Resources program at the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center (WM-CTC). “This is big for any of my students wishing to pursue a post-secondary credential from MSU,” said Mark Johnson, Agriscience Instructor. “The credits can be used if a student plans to earn a two-year certificate from MSU’s Institute of Agriculture Technology or if they plan to earn a four-year degree. The six credits are available to them once they enroll at MSU and meet certain criteria. It is similar to getting a scholarship just for completing high school electives.” One student who graduated from the Agriscience and Natural Resources program at the WM-CTC last year has enrolled at MSU this fall and is taking advantage of the six credits.
In order to receive the credit, students must not only successfully complete the class, but they must also earn their state degree through the National FFA Organization. This task will require them to document at least 500 hours on a project of their choosing outside of class as part of their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). Students must also be active in their FFA chapter and participate in contests against other students from Agriscience programs across the state.
“I encourage all of my students to look at their options for post-secondary training. This just gives them one more incentive to not only get involved in leadership activities and FFA while they are here, but to take their experiences and turn them into college credit that will help them down the road.”
For more information on the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center Agriscience and Natural Resources program, please contact Mark Johnson at 231-876-2239.