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HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

You are going to like this! For those eligible for a Board of Governors Grant known as the BOG, there is no enrollment fee (tuition) at all. For students who are not eligible for the BOG, the enrollment fee is only $20 per unit. A typical fulltime student carrying twelve units would pay only $240 per semester or $480 per year if they were not “BOG eligible”. To see if you are eligible for the BOG, go to the CRC financial Aid web site at http://www.crc.losrios.edu/services/finaid

Your main expenses at CRC will be transportation, parking and books. Books are the largest single expense at a community college. They may run $80 to $100 per class so if you are taking a twelve unit load (four classes) then you should figure on another $400 for books. Of course, if you are eligible for financial aid and the Cal Grant, all of these expenses would be covered and then some so be sure to file a FAFSA (application) Go to FAFSA and http://www.calgrants.org/ to apply for these sources of money.

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WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM STRENGTHS OR UNIQUE FEATURES? WHAT SETS IT APART FROM OTHER SCHOOLS WITH THIS MAJOR?

First of all, there are no other local programs to serve this critical California industry. CRC’s program has received statewide recognition as the Outstanding Small Agriculture Program four of the five past years and Professor Lewis, “Teacher of Excellence” recognition. Within this gem of a program, students learn core marketing, sales, accounting, and leadership skills. The training is very practical with a lot of opportunity for activity out side of the classroom. These activities involve field days and state-wide competitions. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for transfer to the four-year university agriculture programs of the UC and CSU systems. (Students should see a counselor regarding specific campus transfer requirements.)

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IS THERE A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR THE PROGRAM?

No.

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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

The AS could be completed in two years if the student carried 15 units per semester. Completion of the major and additional transfer GE requirements would probably add another year depending upon math and English preparation.

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ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS (day, evening, part-time) AS TO HOW OR WHEN STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE THIS PROGRAM?

This is a daytime program.

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ARE REQUIRED COURSES REGULARLY OFFERED DAYS, EVENINGS, WEEKENDS, SUMMER, FALL and SPRING?

Some Ag Business courses like AGB 300 and ANSC 300 are offered every semester, but others like AGB 320, 321, 330, 331 and PLTS 300 have a two, three or four semester rotation so it is important to connect with Professor Lewis in regards to where we are in that rotation. The ACCT, BUS, ECON and COMM classes are available each semester.

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WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR OBTAINING CREDIT FOR OTHER TRAINING OR SUBSTITUTING WORK EXPERIENCE FOR MAJOR REQUIREMENTS?

This would rarely happen. Typically it would occur if a student had substantial computer skills and sought to substitute those for AGB 310, Agriculture Computer Applications

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WHAT TEACHING FORMATS SUCH AS ONLINE, TELEVISED, LECTURE AND LABORATORY ARE USED TO DELIVER INSTRUCTION?

Courses are offered in several formats depending upon the subject. AGB 310, Agriculture Computer Applications, AGB 300, Introduction to Agricultural Business, and AGB 331, Agriculture Marketing can be done online or in the classroom.

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WHAT ARE COMMON ADVISING ISSUES IN THIS PROGRAM THAT COUNSELORS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

As to recommending a course sequence to follow; that will depend upon the courses scheduled at the time the student enters CRC Connect with Professor Lewis in regards to where we are in course rotation. He is open to the using ”Independent Studies” to help the student complete the requirements if they are not offered.

The Agriculture Business program core, especially the marketing and sales classes make good electives for regular business students because of the skill development opportunities that they provide.

The AGB 310, Agriculture Computer Applications class uses many agricultural applications in the lab so it may be more relevant and engaging to the student than a standard business computer applications class that teaches the same skills.

Economics seems to be the toughest class for the students.

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WHAT OPPORTUNITES EXIST FOR INTERNSHIPS RELATED TO THIS PROGRAM?

Internships, sometimes paid, are frequently available through the college Cooperative Work Experience program. These are likely to involve work at governmental agencies.

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WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE A STUDENT IN THIS PROGRAM?
  • Who are our students?
    Currently the population is typically between 18 and 21, about 65% female and come from the Agriculture programs at area high schools. Galt, Lodi, Elk Grove, Florin, Pine Grove and Sheldon all feed students to CRC.
  • How much of the instruction is “hands-on” or workplace simulation?
    While there is substantial lecture in courses, depending upon the topic, the students in this program have far more opportunity to become active, engage in their education and acquire leadership skills than do students in more traditional business programs. For example, the students plan and manage the annual CRC FFA field day for high school students. They do sales presentations in class, engage in student competitions with other Ag programs at a Spring event in Visalia as well as at the Western Collegiate Food Marketing competition This event exposes them to many four-year school programs. In most cases event costs are paid for.
  • What is the nature of the relationships between students and between the students and professor?
    This is a small and intimate program. This provides a great opportunity for student and professor to get to know each other and develop a mentor relationship. Professor Lewis has been recognized as a “teacher of excellence” within California’s agriculture education field and has many professional contacts at four-year AG programs. He is very encouraging to his students.

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ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN THIS PROGRAM?

There is one for students who will go into Food Marketing at CSU Pomona

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DOES THE PROGRAM LINK WITH ANY SIMILAR FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE PROGRAMS?

Yes. Courses are all transferable to the CSU and most to the UC system

  • Which colleges and to what extent?
    CSU Chico, Fresno and Stanislaus all recruit CRC students to their AG programs.

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