Students from George County High School and Stone County High School, along with members of the community, enjoyed the MGCCC-MSU Agricultural Science Day at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College George County Center in Lucedale on November 18. The event included Mississippi State University (MSU) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences professors and students and local agricultural science professionals. An information fair provided materials on the Agricultural Science Pathway offered through MGCCC and MSU at the George County Center. The students enjoyed sessions by MSU and MGCCC staff and administration as well as a panel of professionals in the field of ag science.
“We were thrilled to offer an introduction to our new Ag Science pathway to these high school students as well as members of our local community while also providing excellent information about the future of agriculture in our state and nation,” said Dr. Lisa Rhodes, administrative dean of the George County Center.
The agricultural science program began earlier this year as a partnership between MGCCC and MSU. Through the program, students will receive an Associate of Arts degree at MGCCC and then continue working toward a Bachelor of Science degree at MSU.
After completing 30 credit hours at MGCCC, students can be dually admitted at both institutions. An MSU advisor will make routine visits to MGCCC to guide students in their academic progress toward the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree. MGCCC will facilitate a trip to MSU every semester for students in the pathway program to see the MSU campus and learn more about the educational opportunities offered in the field.
Once enrolled at MSU, students can choose from several focus areas for their studies through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. These include agribusiness; agricultural education, leadership and communications; agricultural pest management; animal production; floral management; floriculture and ornamental horticulture; food sciences; integrated crop management; precision agriculture; and soil and environmental sciences.