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.
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.)
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.
This is a daytime program.
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.
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
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.
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.
Internships, sometimes paid, are frequently available through the college Cooperative Work Experience program. These are likely to involve work at governmental agencies.
There is one for students who will go into Food Marketing at CSU Pomona
Yes. Courses are all transferable to the CSU and most to the UC system