Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, Wilkes Community College will offer a new animal science program.
The program will offer an associate degree in Applied Animal Science Technology as well as a diploma and certificate in applied animal science.
The associate degree program will begin through Career & College Promise and be offered at North Wilkes and East Wilkes high schools. The certificate option will be offered on WCC’s Wilkes Campus and require two semesters of study: fall 2014 and spring 2015. The associate degree in Applied Animal Science Technology will be offered at the WCC Wilkes Campus beginning fall 2015 semesters.
The purpose of the Applied Animal Science Technology program is to prepare skilled animal science professionals for work in a variety of settings, including herd or flock managers, field service workers and representatives, feed sales representatives, equipment sales, feed mill workers, poultry and livestock buyers, owners/operators, farm managers, department supervisors and waste management technicians.
Graduates of the program are prepared with knowledge and skills to select, breed, care for, process and market livestock and small farm animals.
WCC has hired Mindy Herman of Taylorsville to roll out and teach this new program. Herman achieved her undergraduate degree and Master’s of Science in poultry science from North Carolina State University. She is working toward a Doctorate of Philosophy in animal and poultry sciences.
It is the mission of WCC to provide quality education to the citizens of the college’s service area and workforce development. Considering the aging population of farmers in WCC’s service area, the need for an emergent workforce for animal science is pertinent to maintain and support an industry that produces in excess of $200 million dollars annually to aid in sustaining local, regional and state economic vitality. In fact, Wilkes County ranks second in the state in broiler (poultry) production, third in the state in all forms cattle production and fifth in the state in beef cattle production. Alleghany and Ashe counties rank ninth and fifteenth, respectively, in the state in all forms of cattle production.
Late registration for the certificate program being offered at the Wilkes campus will be accepted on Friday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 18. For more information about this new program, please contact Lyndell Duvall at 336-838-6228 or Lyndell.firstname.lastname@example.org
WCC, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.