Entrepreneurial Agriculture Production Certificate

If you've owned your own business or you have strong marketing skills, and you'd like to learn the how-to of food production in this region, then earning your Entrepreneurial Agriculture Production Certificate is the perfect next step.

After completing this certificate, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the science behind plant growth and soil health, and how to improve both through ecologically sustainable methods.
  • Start fruit and vegetable plants from seed and from cuttings, in preparation for small- and mid-scale farm production.
  • Take advantage of season extension methods like hoop houses or high tunnels.
  • Recognize pest and disease pressure in plant crops.
  • Harvest, wash, and pack vegetables for best shelf life and delivery to grocers/chefs.

This certificate program is offered in collaboration with the Center for Agrarian Learning.

Contact (815) 455-8732 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $3,311

Credit Hours to Complete: 25

Weeks to Complete: 32


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Center for Agrarian Learning Events

  • Garden Walk - JUL 09 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at MCC—Parking Lot C
  • Green Living Expo - NOV 05 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Gym
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What you need to know about getting your Entrepreneurial Agriculture Production Certificate (CIP 1.0601)

Total Entrepreneurial Agriculture Production Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,788 $9,019 $11,812 $11,812
Additional Costs $523 $523 $523 $523
Program Total $3,311 $9,542 $12,335 $12,335

What makes MCC's Entrepreneurial Agriculture Production Certificate program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?

  • You'll learn from in-depth classroom and hands-on experience in organic food production on MCC's student farm.
  • Local food entrepreneurs provide real world examples in your classes.

Typical Jobs

  • Farm laborer, crew supervisor, or farm manager
  • Private grower/gardener for chefs or other individuals
  • Farm manager or greenhouse supervisor for non-profits, educational institutions, school gardens
  • Landscape, nursery, or floral worker
  • Grocery store product department supervisor, aggregator, or food hub worker

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.