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Professional Ag Applicator (AGB)
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Program Overview:
With the rise of geographical information systems (GIS), field mapping, and computer controlled applicators, a new class of employee has been created in the agri-business sector. Individuals who bring the varied skills of Commercial Drivers License, Chemical Applicator Certification, a basic understanding of computers, and a basic understanding of GIS are in demand as the operators of Agricultural Chemical Applicators. These large, $250,000 computerized chemical applicator “trucks” require operators with the above-mentioned skills. Such skills are being sought after by dealers and distributors of agricultural fertilizers and chemicals.

This certificate program, whether sought in conjunction with an AAS or as a stand-alone certificate, provides the student with employable skills and the employers with the skilled employees. It formalizes the instruction and retraining which has been evolving over the last few years. It continues to provide the retraining of existing employees as well as provide added credentials and employability for AAS graduates who choose to seek this certificate in addition to the agricultural degree program.

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Semester 1
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AGR 1213
Soil Fertility & Fertilizers
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A study of the relationship between soil and crop nutrients. Includes fertilizer sources and materials, chemical forms of elements in the soil, reactions of fertilizers, and determination of fertilizer needs.

AGR 1214
Crop Protection
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This course studies the role of chemicals in crop production. Students investigate the use and safe handling of herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. Students will learn the identification and control of various weeds, insects, and diseases.

AGR 1261
Supervised Occupational Experience I
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The student will be placed with an agricultural business or operation for full-time training experience in the spring. The student will be supervised by the employer and the college coordinator. PREREQUISITE: 12 semester hours credit completed or concurrent enrollment in Agriculture or consent of the program coordinator. Variable internship hours based on 75 hours of work equated to 1 semester hour of credit.

TRK 1210
CDL Exam Preparation
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This course is designed to prepare a student for the written portion of the Commercial Driver's License exam and will follow the curriculum as set forth by the Secretary of the State of Illinois.

Term Total
11
Semester 2
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AGR 1215
Ag Chem Applicator
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This course is designed to teach the theory and techniques of operation of large chemical applicator equipment as found in the Ag Business Industry. Topics include computer controlled applicators, global position sensing, geographical information system, field mapping, etc.

AGR 1262
Supervised Occupational Experience II
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The student will be placed with an agricultural business or operation for full-time training experience in the summer. The student will be supervised by the employer and the college coordinator. PREREQUISITE: 12 semester hours credit completed or concurrent enrollment in Agriculture or consent of the program coordinator. Variable internship hours based on 75 hours of work equate to 1 semester hour of credit. Follows Supervised Occupational Experience I.

AGR 1281
Intro Geographical Information Sys
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This course is intended to be an introduction to the concept and use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The student will understand how GIS is being used by various industries, government agencies, as well as in science, research, and consumer products. The student will become aware of the fact that he/she will be involved in GIS whether he/she wants to or not. The course will cover the basic components, terms, software, and uses of this exciting technology.

EDU 1108
Standard First Aid
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This course, which is designed for the general public, consists of regulations, first aid methods and safety procedures. It includes self-help and home care first aid procedures.

Term Total
11
Program Total
22


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