Catalog 2014-2015, Final Edition 
    Jan 18, 2022  
Catalog 2014-2015, Final Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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          Westview, Office 247

Program Chair:

           Ellen Swieter, 970.339.6522


           Aileen Ehn, 303.857.4022, ext. 4309
           Platte Building, Room 114A, Fort Lupton Campus

Degrees/Certificates offered: 

AgriBusiness Degree Program (two-year A.A.S. degree) 

AgriBusiness Management Certificate (two-semester certificate)  

Animal Science Degree Program (two-year A.A.S. degree) 

Animal Science Certificate (two-semester certificate) 

Production Agriculture Degree Program (two-year A.A.S. degree)  

Precision Agriculture Certificate (two-semester certificate)  

Production Agriculture and Crop Certificate (two-semester certificate)  

Production Agriculture Mechanics Certificate (two-semester certificate)

Potential Opportunities:

Agribusiness is a field that encompasses the technologies of agriculture and business, combining the management aspects of business with the production factors of agriculture. This degree provides skilled technicians for the part of the agricultural industry that serves the producer, which can include finance, banking, sales, marketing, insurance, customer relations, etc.

The purpose of the Production Management degree is to equip students with the necessary management and production skills required in the field of production agriculture today. Students seeking an occupation in farming or ranching will be able to pursue a variety of skills and competencies necessary to meet their individual career objectives, which can include farm management, crop consultant, sales, agriculture extension agent, and precision agriculture specialist. Animal Science will give students the opportunity to learn about animal care, feeding, anatomy and physiology.

Job opportunities include livestock fee, processing, sales, pharmaceuticals, livestock supplies, marketing, public relations, feedlot management, and agriculture educator, to name a few.

Certificates are usually one year technical programs that require no general education course work. All of the certificate course work will lead directly into a related Associate of Applied Science Degree program.  The certificate is designed to help students gain immediate employment. 

Potential job opportunities may include agriculture technicians, animal breeders, animal science workers, farm and ranch management advisors, buyers, purchase agents, agricultural financial managers, and agricultural equipment operators.

Essential Skills:

Visual Acuity - sufficient to assess environments and to follow written instructor directions.

Auditory Ability - sufficient to assess the classroom environments and to follow instructor directions.

Olfactory Ability - sufficient to assess environmental odors

Tactile Ability - sufficient to detect changes in temperature levels and differences in sizes and shapes.

Fine Motor Skills - sufficient to perform psychomotor skills integral to program requirements.

Gross Motor Skills - sufficient to provide the full range of safe and effective program activities.

Strength and Mobility - sufficient to perform procedures.

Physical Endurance - sufficient to complete assigned periods of practicum/labs/clinicals.

Ability to Communicate, Comprehend, Read, and Write in English - at a level that meets the need for accurate, clear, and effective communication with individuals respecting social, cultural, and spiritual diversity.

Behavior Stability - the student must exercise good judgment and promptly complete all responsibilities of an entering student. The student must function effectively under stress, and adapt to an environment that may change rapidly without warning and/or in unpredictable ways; and follow through on assigned responsibilities and accept accountability for actions.

Cognitive Ability and Critical Thinking Skills - to collect analyze and integrate information and knowledge to make judgments and decisions that promote learning outcomes.

Advisory Committee

Chris Badding, Kuhn Knight of Greeley

Gerald Graybill, Graybill Land and Livestock

Lanny Huston, Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association

Willard Kendall, Weld Central High School

Don Thorn, Colorado FFA Foundation

Buddy Tryesdell, B&G Equipment

Kristen Tucker, Western Dairy Association

Katie Warfield, Student Representative

Britney Wright, Weld Central High School


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