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Agriculture Continuing Education

Ag Continuing Education Classes in Southern Maryland

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) & University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) present Ag Class Partnership for Southern Maryland Residents

Earn college credits in agriculture from the University of Maryland remotely in Southern Maryland during Spring 2018!

Overview

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is excited to collaborate with the University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) to bring two IAA courses – INAG205 Analyzing Alternative Enterprises and INAG132 Agricultural Leadership and Teamwork – to rural residents in Southern Maryland. Through the Rural Maryland Council’s Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant (RMPIF), SMADC won a grant to support agricultural education in Southern Maryland. The resulting project is called the Ag Class Partnership

The two courses are traditionally taught on the University of Maryland College Park campus. Special blended-learning sections of the courses will be taught exclusively for the Southern Maryland community through this opportunity. Students who enroll in these courses will earn transcripted college credits that can be applied toward a Certificate in Applied Agriculture and/or a bachelor’s degree, should they decide to continue their education at UMD.

The application deadline is December 15, 2017.

Structure of Courses:

The two courses are traditionally taught on the University of Maryland College Park campus. However, special blended-learning sections of the courses will be taught exclusively for the Southern Maryland community through this opportunity and Southern Maryland students will have the option to participate in the regularly scheduled course classes in the following ways:

  • either in person on the campus
  • via live stream
  • or via recording at a later time.

This will provide options for those students who cannot travel to the IAA campus and for those who work during the day and may need to attend via recording.

Students who do not have reliable internet access may attend the online live classes or watch the recorded version at the SMADC offices where a computer and work desk will be provided upon prior reservation.

Four required in-person evening classes will be held in Southern Maryland for students participating through the Ag Class Partnership throughout the semester on the following dates. See course descriptions below for SoMD in person class dates.

About the Institute of Applied Agriculture

The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) offers a 60-credit academic certificate program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The IAA provides students with the entrepreneurial, technical, and communication skills needed to manage profitable agricultural enterprises, including golf courses, sports fields, horticulture businesses, landscaping companies, and sustainable farming operations.

The Ag Class Partnership will enroll Southern Maryland students at the IAA under the Continuing Education program (details below). Ag Class Partnership students will be accorded all the benefits that are offered to all other IAA students. Regardless of their remote student status, participants who apply through this partnership program are welcome to access all of the world-class resources available on the University of Maryland College Park campus. Additionally, Ag Class Partnership students are eligible to receive student support services, including one-on-one advising from IAA faculty, the IAA Student Services Coordinator, AGNR academic peer mentoring, the Health Center, Learning Assistance Services, the Writing Center, the Career Center, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Veteran Student Life, and access to hundreds of clubs and intra- and extramural activities.

Tuition and Scholarships

SMADC is offering scholarship to Southern Maryland residents on a first-come-first-serve basis to assist with application and tuition costs. A short scholarship application form is available here.

Costs of the Ag Class Partnership program include:

  • A one-time application fee of $75.00
  • Standard University of Maryland in-state undergraduate student tuition and fees
  • For one 3-credit course: $1,471.00
  • For two 3-credit courses: $2,509.00
  • Textbook costs will be covered by SMADC

About Continuing Education Status

The Continuing Education student status at the University of Maryland is designed for those who want to enroll in select IAA courses without completing the entire Certificate in Applied Agriculture program. If Continuing Education students wish to complete the two-year, 60 credit certificate, academic credit for courses taken under Continuing Education status may be applied toward it. Enrollment in certificate-seeking status simply requires the student to fulfill the remaining regular admission requirements (providing SAT or ACT scores, or passing Math and English entrance exams). Tuition, fees and grading options are the same for Continuing Education students as they are for students enrolled in the IAA's certificate program. Continuing Education students may register for a maximum of two courses per semester and must meet all course prerequisites.

Enrollment and Registration Process

To enroll in the Ag Class Partnership and register for one or both of these courses:

  • Step 1: Complete and mail no later than December 15, 2017:
    • IAA Admissions Application, available online at http://iaa.umd.edu/areas-study/continuing-education
    • A check for the $75 application fee, payable to University of Maryland.
    • Documentation of high school graduation or the equivalent. A copy of your high school diploma or GED is acceptable.
  • Step 2: Once admitted to the program, return your Enrollment Acceptance postcard to the IAA. Schedule a phone meeting with an academic advisor at the IAA to walk you through the course registration process (you will be contacted after we receive your postcard).
  • Step 3: Southern Maryland residents may apply to the SMADC Scholarship for these courses, the application is available online at https://smadc.wufoo.com/forms/ziut1280yl99do/. The scholarship is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis until funds run out.

Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

INAG 205: Analyzing Alternative Enterprises

3 credits

Classes begin Wednesday, January 24, 2018, and end on Thursday, May 10, 2018 with final exams May 12-18, 2018.

Course Description
This course identifies and analyzes alternative crops, livestock, and other business enterprises. Students assess sustainability, geographic adaptability and potential profitability of businesses. Multiple guest speakers share their unique enterprise stories throughout the semester.

Learning Outcomes
When a student completes this course, he/she should be able to:

  1. Identify and describe multitudes of alternative agricultural enterprises.
  2. Demonstrate how more than one enterprise can operate on the same farm.
  3. Understand how to study an enterprise to determine its economic, social, and agricultural characteristics.

Required Materials
No IAA required textbook, however SMADC will provide a companion volume about careers in agriculture. Readings will be available for download and handed out in class.

Course Layout
This class is held in person on the UMD IAA Campus in College Park, MD on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:45 PM in Jull Hall 1123. Southern Maryland students will have the option to participate via live stream, via recording at a later time, or in person. This will provide options for those students who cannot travel to the IAA campus and for those who work during the day and may need to attend via recording. Students who do not have reliable internet access may attend the online live classes or watch the recorded version at the SMADC offices where a computer and work desk will be provided upon prior reservation.

Four required in-person evening classes will be held in Southern Maryland for students participating through the Ag Class Partnership throughout the semester on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Additionally, one field trip day (TBD) will be arranged for Southern Maryland students to multiple farms in the area relevant to the course.

INAG 132: Agricultural Leadership and Communication

3 credits

Classes begin Wednesday, January 24, 2018, and end on Thursday, May 10, 2018 with final exams May 12-18, 2018.

Course Description
This course introduces fundamental concepts related to leadership and teamwork in agricultural organizations. Topics include leadership practices and skills; relationships between leadership, authority, power, and ethics; team decision-making and management; and organizational culture and change. Students will develop effective leadership skills necessary for leading agricultural organizations.

Learning Outcomes
This course prepares students to practice effective leadership and teamwork in agricultural organizations. After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of foundational and contemporary leadership theories and models.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and effective teamwork.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively with others.
  4. Cultivate a sense of self-awareness by identifying leadership strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  5. Understand change processes and demonstrate the ability to think critically about leadership issues in agriculture.

Required Materials (provided by SMADC)
Nahavandi, A. (2015). The Art and Science of Leadership (7th ed.). Upper Sadle River, NJ: Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-354676-1

Course Layout
This is a blended learning course that combines pre-recorded lecture videos, online discussions, and in-person exercises and presentations. Students who do not have reliable internet access may attend the online live classes or watch the recorded lectures and participate in online discussions at the SMADC offices, where a computer and work desk will be provided upon prior reservation. Four required in-person evening classes will be held in Southern Maryland for students participating through the Ag Class Partnership throughout the semester on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Funding Support

Rural Maryland Council This workshop is made possible in part by a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant (RMPIF) awarded to SMADC, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

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