Since October 2016, 53 jobs were posted by companies in our region for professionals in this field. The median salary for an agricultural technician is $45,304 per year. (Source: EMSI Career Coach)
Want to work in the sustainable agricultural industry? This certificate covers traditional agribusiness and the emerging field of controlled environment agriculture.
Students will learn skills that focus on the controlled agriculture industry, including the new medical marijuana production industry that has entered Pennsylvania. The medical marijuana production industry is highly regulated, with plants grown and harvested in a controlled environment. This hydroponic program will train students for employment in this and other agribusiness industries.
In partnership with Sandyvale Memorial Park, the Sustainable Hydroponic Agriculture and Rural Entrepreneurship (SHARE) certificate offers both theory and practical hands-on application in a greenhouse using actual hydroponic equipment. The College will use the greenhouse for both hydroponic plant growth and traditional greenhouse growing.
- Demonstrate the competencies necessary to work in the controlled environment agriculture sector.
- Identify the need for sustainability in traditional and non-traditional agribusinesses.
All course requirements and the recommended sequence of courses for this program can be found through the College’s Online Academic Catalog. Click here to access the catalog for details on our Sustainable Hydroponic Agriculture and Rural Entrepreneurship program.