Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

As a Kirkwood agriculture student, you will join the largest two-year ag program in the nation!* Just a few of the amazing things you'll find at Kirkwood are:

  • A 600-acre working farm that includes a 300-head beef complex, a swine complex, a 1.5-acre vineyard and full production winery.
     
  • The Iowa Equestrian Center, the Midwest’s premier event equestrian facility hosts prominent regional and national horse shows
     
  • The only Floral Careers program in Iowa.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
 

  • Our 32,000-square-foot Horticulture/Floral Careers building, which features a large student commons area, greenhouse and an indoor natural soil floor used to teach patio building and other outdoor skills in all weather conditions.
     
  • Scholarships for everyone, including nearly 40 individual scholarships just for students in ag-related programs.

*In terms of numbers of graduates.



 
Agriculture Business

Agriculture Business
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Facility operations techician, farm operation manager, custom applicator

Prepare for careers in the agricultural sales and service industry; study sales, advertising, merchandising, economics, farm management, marketing, agronomy and animal science.



 
Agriculture Geospatial Technology

Agricultural Geospatial Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Precision ag specialist, precision farming consultant

Go to work in the emerging geospatial technology industry. Kirkwood’s program is one of only a handful of precision agriculture programs in the nation. Courses include: GPS (Global Positioning Systems), ag applications of GIS and data collection, in addition to agronomy and agriculture economics. This degree can apply to many career areas and can be customized as needed. A strong background in math and science is recommended.



 
Agriculture Production Management

Agriculture Production Management
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Swine unit manager, crop production manager, feedlot manager, farm owner/operator

Find your career in the food production chain of modern agriculture. Choose from three areas of emphasis or create a custom program of study to best fit your career goals. Classes focus on the latest methods and technology through hands-on learning on our student-run farm.

Paths of study will include:
  • Beef Production Management
  • Crop Production Management
  • Swine Production Management


 
Ag Transfer

Agriculture Transfer
2-year AS degree

Earn an associate degree and transfer to a four-year college or university as a junior. This program includes agriculture electives and courses in writing, speech, humanities, history/cultures, social science, math and science. By earning your associate degree at Kirkwood, many of your general education courses are completed, which means you can enroll directly into major-related courses at your transfer school.

Transfer opportunities: Graduates usually transfer to land-grant institutions such as Iowa State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University, Western Illinois University or Oklahoma State University. Select courses that meet the requirements of your transfer institution by working with a faculty advisor.



 
Diesel Ag Technology

Diesel Ag Technology
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Diesel service technician, service manager

Prepare for entry-level employment or job advancement in fields related to the repair and maintenance of farm equipment and other diesel-powered heavy equipment. This comprehensive program stresses skill development, theoretical knowledge, applications and leadership skills, providing graduates with many employment options. A tool set is required.



 
Diesel Truck Technology

Diesel Truck Technology
17-month AAS degree
Potential Careers: Shop foreman, service manager

Find entry-level employment or job advancement in fields related to the repair and maintenance of diesel trucks and other diesel-powered equipment. This comprehensive program stresses skill development, theoretical knowledge, applications and leadership skills, providing graduates with many options for employment. A tool set is required in this program. Credits from this program can be transferred to UNI toward a B.A. in Technology Management.



 
Floral Careers

Floral Careers
1-year diploma
Potential Careers: Floral designer, wedding consultant

Get advanced training in floral design, plant identification and care, retail flower shop operations, advertising, visual merchandising, inventory control and order processing. Within the Floral Careers program, there is a major emphasis in wedding and funeral designs, purchasing and interior plant maintenance for the retail florist.



 
Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management

Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Assistant golf superintendent, athletic field manager

Through classroom and extensive lab experiences, students will learn design, installation and maintenance of turfgrass systems; understand cultural and chemical turf controls; install, design and maintain irrigation systems; and operate and maintain turf equipment.



 
Humane Officer Training

Humane Officer Training
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Municipal animal control agencies, non-profit humane societies

Work in the growing professional humane officer field. From humane investigation to interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence, the professional humane officer understands public safety and the law, possesses excellent communication skills, and demonstrates a high level of integrity and dependability.



 
Landscape Construction Management

Landscape Construction and Design
2–year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Landscape designer, hardscape installation specialist

Proper installation of well-designed landscape adds beauty and value to homes and businesses, and it insures a functional outdoor space for years to come. Focus on creating those designs using plant knowledge and artistic principles. Explore the newest trends in sustainability and landscape maintenance. Follow the construction track of this program and actually build what a designer would put on paper. Learn site layout, lighting and hardscape installation techniques. Kirkwood is one of two community colleges in Iowa to have PLANET accreditation.



 
Parks and Natural Resources

Parks and Natural Resources
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Park ranger, park manager, conservation officer

If you enjoy the outdoors and have a deep concern for preserving and managing our precious natural resources, take a look at our Parks and Natural Resources program. As a student in this program, you’ll learn to maintain and build campgrounds and lake areas; identify and manage fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and nesting and game birds; operate and maintain equipment; manage plant material and land; and maintain park facilities.



 
Pet Grooming

Pet Grooming
1-year diploma
Potential Careers: Pet groomer

As a pet grooming student, you’ll learn to groom and maintain the appearance and comfort of pets, usually dogs. Grooming includes bathing and drying, as well as scissoring and clipping. Students will learn to select and use specialized grooming tools and equipment, to manage uncooperative pets safely, and to style various breeds. Basic small business skills including starting a business, marketing and advertising, and bookkeeping will also be studied; since many pet groomers are self-employed.



 
Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant
1-year diploma
Potential Careers: Veterinary assistant

As a Veterinary Assistant student, you will prepare for a career working with animals in a variety of settings such as veterinary clinics, animal control agencies, boarding kennels and grooming salons. Course study includes animal diseases and disease prevention, small animal pharmacology, pet grooming, kennel management, animal behavior, nutrition, legal principles, human relations, communication and records management.



 
Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician
2-year AAS degree
Potential Careers: Veterinary technician

Veterinary technicians provide professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. They also care for hospitalized patients; assist the doctor in surgery; perform physical exams, lab work and technical procedures (blood draws, IV placement); take health histories and X-rays; give and monitor anesthesia; provide client education; and perform reception duties.

At Kirkwood, students work with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, sheep, birds, snakes, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats. A strong background in biological sciences is needed for this program.



 
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