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September 2017

HLC Approves Agriculture Degree at SSC

SSC agriculture professor Wendy Rich with students Kylee Burris and Zachary Ibery.

Seminole State College Assistant Professor of Agriculture Wendy Rich (right) visits with students Kylee Burris (left) of McLoud and Zachary Ilbery (center) of Checotah about the College’s ag degree program.

Seminole State College recently received word that the Higher Learning Commission has approved the College’s request to award students an Associate in Science in Agriculture.

The agriculture program was first approved last summer by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. During the past year, the college has offered students seven new agriculture courses including Introduction to Animal Science, Introduction to Plant and Soil Science, Introduction to Wildlife and Natural Resource Management, Introduction to Livestock Evaluation, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Leadership and Agricultural Economics. Now, students who complete these courses – along with other degree program requirements – can officially earn an associate degree in agriculture at SSC. This degree will equip students to transfer to a four-year college or university to further their education in the agricultural field.

Wendy Rich serves as assistant professor for the College’s agriculture program. She will also serve as the degree program mentor. She came to the college from Prague Public Schools, with more than eight years of experience in ag education. During her time at Prague schools, Rich worked with students in grades 8-12, teaching agriculture business, communication, leadership and power tech courses as well as animal science.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom Mills said, “We are excited about this approval. This degree is an outstanding addition to SSC – one that we are thrilled to offer our students. Under Wendy’s leadership, I believe this program has great potential and will have a long-lasting impact on the college.”

For questions about SSC’s agriculture program, contact Rich by phone at 405-382-9211 or by email at w.rich@sscok.edu.

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