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									                            West Hills College Coalinga
                              New Program Packet
          Program Name: Agriculture Science and Technology
          Instructional Area: AG/BUS/CIS/CWEE

          Faculty Originator: Clint Cowden                                                         Date: 2/24/06

                               Checklist:
                                  New Program Proposal
                                  New Course Proposal Packet (if necessary)
                                  Course Revision Packet (if necessary)
                                  Supporting documentation
                                          List: Advisory Committee Minutes


          Signatures:

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Curriculum Instructional Area Representative (required)          Articulation Officer (required if transferable)
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Consulting Department Curriculum Instructional Area              Date_________
Representative (required when overlapping course content)        Associate Dean of Vocational Education (required if Voc Ed)

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Date_________                                                    Date_________
Chief Instructional Officer (required)                           Dean of Learning Resources (required)

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Date_________                                                    Date_________
College Curriculum Committee                        (approved)   West Hills Community College District Board of Trustees (approved)
                                       New Course Proposal
                                          West Hills College Coalinga


Title of                           Precision Agriculture Certificate
Major/Certificate:

Instructional               Agriculture
Area:

Faculty                     Clint Cowden
Originator:

Date 2/20/06
:

Voc Ed Programs Advisory Committee
Approval- (Attach copies of minutes)
Date: December 7, 2005

Articulation with Transfer
Institution- (Attach copy of
agreement)         Date:


Program Prerequisite(s):
A. Courses - (Indicate clearly whether it is a “prerequisite”, “co-requisite”, or “advisory
None

B. Skills and/or Knowledge - (Specific skills and/or knowledge a student must possess in order to be ready to
   begin the program)
None

Program Course Requirements:
    This certificate program will prepare students to work in the precision agriculture
    industry, including: precision farming, geographic information system (GIS) analysis,
    and equipment manufacturer technician and sales. Specific job responsibilities would be
    GPS mapping; GIS database management, precision agriculture equipment installation,
    maintenance and repair, precision agriculture consulting and applications in variable rate
    application technology.

    A total of 17 units will be required to complete this certificate. Required courses are as
    follows:
    Required Core Courses:
    Course Number                 Title                                                  Units
    AGBUS 15               Computer Application to Agriculture                             3
    CRPSCI 1               Introduction to Plant Science                                   3
    CRPSCI 6               Applications of GPS Technology in Ag                            4
    CRPSCI 7               GPS Crop and Yield Monitoring                                   4
    CRPSCI 19              Water Management                                                3
                                                                                     Total 17




Justification:
Background and Rationale
    West Hills Community College has conducted a program of instruction in Agriculture
    since 1948; with changes made in the curriculum, faculty, facilities, and equipment as
    appropriate, to promote quality student learning experiences. The design and
    development of the state-of-the-art farm, Farm of the Future at West Hills College, was
    crystallized during a July 2000 planning retreat involving 35 representatives of
    agriculture, industry, government, public school and university educators, community
    leaders, and selected college faculty and administrators representing a combined 723
    years of agricultural and education experience. We tried to vision what the needs will be
    in agriculture 15 years out and what will help us be prepared for those expected changes.1

    Like most industries, California agriculture has become highly developed, high-tech and
    specialized; loaded with career opportunities -- despite the current tough economic times
    facing today’s farmers and agribusinesses. The future remains bright as the agricultural
    industry makes its way through the present down cycle. The use of technology and smart
    business practices can make the difference today and will become the norm for
    tomorrow.2

    The U.S. food and natural resources system is a dynamic industry that employs more than
    20 percent of our nation’s work force and generates one-sixth of the nation’s income. It is
    currently the leading positive contributor to the U.S. trade balance at thirty billion dollars.
    In California, agriculture contributes 13 percent of the nation’s gross cash receipts with
    27.7 million acres in production. Over $6.5 billion of the state’s food and agricultural
    commodities are shipped around the world every year. Modern agricultural practices in
    the U.S. have greatly increased the productivity of an acre of land. One acre can produce
    42,000 pounds of strawberries, or 25,400 pounds of potatoes, 11,000 heads of lettuce or
    640 pounds of cotton lint Twenty percent of America's workforce-or 21 million people-is
    employed in the agricultural industry.3

1
  Dr. Larry Rathbun – Farm of the Future Planning Retreat, July 25-25, 2000.
2
  Farm of the Future article-WHCCD Annual Report
3
  California Farm Bureau – Available At: http://www.cfbf.com/info/ff_ag_day_03.cfm
Articulation
   CRPSCI 1- Introduction to Plant Science and SLSCI 21- Soils, transfer to both California
   State Universities and Universities of California.


THE FOLLOWING MUST BE COMPLETED:

1. Attached the typed program as it is to appear in the college catalog.
     Include a catalog statement
2. Submit a new course proposal packet for any “new” courses.
    No new courses
Program Name : Precision Agriculture Certificate

Associate Degree     Certificate X

CATALOG STATEMENT:

   The Precision Agriculture program prepares students to work with global positioning
   satellite (GPS) systems, geographic information system (GIS) software, automatic tractor
   guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying equipment and
   related computer software. Students will learn in hands-on, real-world applications.
   Completing the certificate qualifies the student to enter the professional job market in the
   public sector as well as the agriculture industry. Units for the Precision Agriculture
   Certificate apply to the Associates Science and Technology Degree in Agriculture.

MISSION

1. Statement of Program Goals and Objectives

   The Agriculture Department at West Hills Community College proposes a new
   certification program for Precision Agriculture. The new program’s primary goal is to
   train students to work in the precision agriculture industry, including: precision farming,
   geographic information system (GIS) analysis, and equipment manufacturer technician
   and sales.

   Currently the mission statement of the Agriculture Department at West Hills Community
   College (WHCC) is:

   West Hills Community College, Farm of the Future and related agriculture program,
   provides exemplary education and training for students and the community – in and
   about agriculture – capitalizing on regional strengths and hands-on resources, enabling
   those we serve to be competitive in the global economy.

   Consistent with these goals, the Farm of the Future at WHCCD, proposes to expand the
   existing Agriculture program to include a Precision Agriculture curriculum that will train
   tomorrow’s technicians for the ever expanding agriculture industry. Students enrolled in
   the new program will participate in fieldwork experiences where they must apply learned
   theoretical methods in real-life inclusive education settings. They will gain hands-on
   experience, in an instant-immersion, ten month certificate program. In addition to the
   coursework, students will gain on-the-job training, participating in work experience with
   local industry leaders in the area of the students’ interest.

   Students who complete this program will:
       Be familiar with GPS global positioning system
       Be versed with current industry GIS
         Interact with industry professionals through class projects, conference attendance
          and work experience

   The new program will further allow students to transfer units from West Hills
   Community College to institutes of higher education through a career ladder, and thus
   allow for life-long learning for those who wish to acquire new skills and improve existing
   knowledge.

2. Catalog Description

   The Precision Agriculture certificate program prepares students to work with global
   positioning satellite (GPS) systems, geographic information system (GIS) software,
   automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, surveying
   equipment and related computer software. Students will learn in hands-on, real-world
   applications. Completing the certificate qualifies the student to enter the professional job
   market in the public sector as well as the agriculture industry.
   Course Number                     Title                                        Units
   AGBUS 15                   Computer Application to Agriculture                   3
   CRPSCI 1                   Introduction to Plant Science                         3
   CRPSCI 6                   Applications of GPS Technology in Ag                  4
   CRPSCI 7                   GPS Crop and Yield Monitoring                         4
   CRPSCI 19                  Water Management                                      3
                                                                             Total 17

3. Program Requirements

   This certificate program will prepare students to work in the precision agriculture
   industry, including: precision farming, geographic information system (GIS) analysis,
   and equipment manufacturer technician and sales. Specific job responsibilities would be
   GPS mapping; GIS database management, precision agriculture equipment installation,
   maintenance and repair, precision agriculture consulting and applications in variable rate
   application technology.

   Required Core Courses:
   Course Number                 Title                                          Units
   AGBUS 15               Computer Application to Agriculture                     3
   CRPSCI 1               Introduction to Plant Science                           3
   CRPSCI 6               Applications of GPS Technology in Ag                    4
   CRPSCI 7               GPS Crop and Yield Monitoring                           4
   CRPSCI 19              Water Management                                        3
                                                                            Total 17

4. Background and Rationale

   West Hills Community College has conducted a program of instruction in Agriculture
   since 1948; with changes made in the curriculum, faculty, facilities, and equipment as
    appropriate, to promote quality student learning experiences. The design and
    development of the state-of-the-art farm, Farm of the Future at West Hills College, was
    crystallized during a July 2000 planning retreat involving 35 representatives of
    agriculture, industry, government, public school and university educators, community
    leaders, and selected college faculty and administrators representing a combined 723
    years of agricultural and education experience. We tried to vision what the needs will be
    in agriculture 15 years out and what will help us be prepared for those expected changes.4

    Like most industries, California agriculture has become highly developed, high-tech and
    specialized; loaded with career opportunities -- despite the current tough economic times
    facing today’s farmers and agribusinesses. The future remains bright as the agricultural
    industry makes its way through the present down cycle. The use of technology and smart
    business practices can make the difference today and will become the norm for
    tomorrow.5

    The U.S. food and natural resources system is a dynamic industry that employs more than
    20 percent of our nation’s work force and generates one-sixth of the nation’s income. It is
    currently the leading positive contributor to the U.S. trade balance at thirty billion dollars.
    In California, agriculture contributes 13 percent of the nation’s gross cash receipts with
    27.7 million acres in production. Over $6.5 billion of the state’s food and agricultural
    commodities are shipped around the world every year. Modern agricultural practices in
    the U.S. have greatly increased the productivity of an acre of land. One acre can produce
    42,000 pounds of strawberries, or 25,400 pounds of potatoes, 11,000 heads of lettuce or
    640 pounds of cotton lint Twenty percent of America's workforce-or 21 million people-is
    employed in the agricultural industry.6

    Agri-science education must be responsive to agriculture’s needs. Education today must
    meet the needs of students to prepare them for the information age and a global
    marketplace. Agri-science education will focus on the specific, current needs of schools
    and communities. It has an important role to play in strengthening education across the
    nation.7

    Planning for future employment needs of California’s agriculture is the driving force
    behind West Hills College’s Farm of the Future. Global change is taking place in
    agriculture and natural resource management. New technologies, and the innovative
    application of existing ones, continue to propel American agriculture toward a more
    integrated food and natural resources system. The United States must take steps to meet
    these changes through a highly-skilled corps of agricultural professionals and
    entrepreneurs, technicians, and workers ready for the challenges of the 21st century.

    One of the challenges agriculture will face in the 21st century, will be the management of
    agricultural inputs. As environmental concerns intensify and agriculture’s water

4
  Dr. Larry Rathbun – Farm of the Future Planning Retreat, July 25-25, 2000.
5
  Farm of the Future article-WHCCD Annual Report
6
  California Farm Bureau – Available At: http://www.cfbf.com/info/ff_ag_day_03.cfm
7
  Delaware Dept of Ed – Available at: http://www.doe.state.de.us/Standards/AgriScience/WhatsAgriSci.html
       allotment decreases, the demand for total production optimization, including precise input
       distribution, will escalate. Through recent developments in satellite global positioning
       systems (GPS), on-the-go sensors such as combine yield monitors, computer mapping
       and GIS software, and variable rate applicators the new science of Precision agriculture
       has been born. Precision agriculture or site specific management involves breaking an
       agricultural field into different zones with different soil characteristics and production
       potentials, and tuning the inputs for each zone to optimize total production and economic
       returns, and minimize environmental impact.8

       In addition to managing ag inputs, another challenge will be preparing students for the
       rapidly changing precision agriculture industry. As technology advances, so does the
       learning curve.. The need for well-trained employees, familiar with current technology
       and versed in agriculture is at an all-time high. Employers can not keep experienced
       employees, because once someone has experience with precision agriculture there is
       always another company willing to pay more. Due to the rapid increase in precision
       agriculture technology, there is a lag in the equipment being used and the material being
       instructed at the community college and university level. This program is designed to
       bridge this gap.


       In addition to managing ag inputs, another challenge will be to prepare students for the
       rapidly changing precision ag industry. The technology is advancing so quickly that the
       need for well-trained employees, familiar with the current technology is at an all-time
       high. The Precision Agriculture Certificate is designed to prepare students to meet this
       need.


NEED

5. Enrollment and Completer Projections

       Courses in the new certificate program will be offered by Agriculture faculty. Students
       will be recruited from high school and existing heavy equipment and rodeo programs
       Courses are currently being taught for this program, which was approved by the
       curriculum committee on February 24, 2006 as a local certificate. These numbers are
       based on the estimates of enrollment of similar certificate programs with adjustments
       made for college size and scheduled course offerings. It is anticipated that these numbers
       will remain constant year to year based on the experience of other colleges in the state.

       Approximately 20 students will be enrolled in each course.

6. Place of Program in Curriculum/Similar Programs
   This proposal creates certificate program in Agriculture Science and Technology. Others
   under consideration include Farm Management/Ag Business, Crop Science, Irrigation


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    Eastern Seed and Oil Research – Available at: http://res2.agr.ca/ecorc/section3/precision_e.htm
     Technology and Embryo Transfer Technology. The new program will be housed in the
     Farm of the Future facilities on Gale Avenue.

7. Similar Programs at Other Colleges in Service Area

     To date, West Hills Community College is the only institution to offer a training program
     in Precision Agriculture. While other colleges are expected to offer Precision Agriculture
     courses in the future, this is a new and coming technology that requires a large initial
     equipment investment that West Hills Community College has already made.

8.   Labor Market Information

     Labor market data for agriculture is always difficult to quantify in large part because the
     Standard Job Classification system seldom includes anyone other than “farmer” or “farm
     worker”. The agricultural education profession generally recommends that labor market
     data be a beginning point to postulating about future job opportunities and training needs.

     The Fresno County Westside Economic Development Project 9 reports on Key Industry
     Sectors important to the Westside 2000-2020. The data indicates an expected increase in
     agricultural employment of 0-1,653 positions and an increase of 683-866 jobs in food
     manufacturing. The report does not identify the specific job titles or classifications within
     each industry sector.

     The Fresno and Kings County Employment Development data reports the following areas
     of growth:

     Area                                 July, 1991      July, 2001       Wages ‘01

     Total Agriculture                   194,400          225,500          $ 8.18
     Grapes                               19,100           25,500            8.07
     Ornamental & Nursery                  3,100            4,600            7.88
     Dairy Farms                           8,700           11,900            8.83
     Total Agriculture Services            90,900         123,800             8.29
     Crop Services                         23,400          29,200             8.75
     Farm Labor & Management               66,800          93,900             7.87

     The Fresno County Occupational Employment Projections for 1999-200610 indicate the
     following agriculture related classifications:

     Occupation             New                   Openings due             Total
                            Positions             to separations           Demand
     Ag Technology & Science        10                    20                 30
9
  Fresno County Westside Economic Development Project “Working Draft”, Task 2, County of Fresno August
19, 2003
10
   Kings County Employment Projects very similar to Fresno County including expectation of 1100 jobs in
Nutrition and Food.
       Forestry                                 20                20                 40
       Ag Power Equipment                       10                40                 50
       Animal Science                           80                70                150
       Ag Business                              90               130                220
       Diesel Technology                       220               260                480
       Ornamental Horticulture                 420               680               1100

Careers related to Ag Technology and Science are reasonably new in California. This is one
reason that more community colleges have not implemented a program similar to the one
being proposed here. With Western San Joaquin Valley agriculture operating farms often
exceeding 5,000 acres, the adaptation of this new technology in a cost efficient manner is
very appealing to growers who have large 160 acre fields but wish to manage the field as
though there were 80 – 2 acres plots. This provides better response to soil and environmental
variability, and helps in minimizing chemical use, a cost saving benefit and better for the
environment,

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current median income for farming, fishing
and forestry occupations in California is $16,240. (Bureau of Labor Statistics Information in
Appendix A.) Through the Precision Agriculture Certificate program students will be
escalated from farm laborer to a status more similar to Computer and Mathematical
Occupations with a median annual income in California of $70,160. Some of the areas more
similar to a Precision Agriculture technician are as follows:11

                     STATE       OCC_CODE           OCC_TITLE            TOT_EMP   A_MEDIAN
                                                     Computer
                    California      15-1041           support             54780      43770
                                                     specialists
                                                     Computer
                    California      15-1051           systems             50070      68220
                                                      analysts
                                                     Database
                    California      15-1061                               12560      64610
                                                   administrators
                                                     Urban and
                    California      19-3051           regional            4660       63800
                                                      planners
                                                      Avionics
                    California      49-2091                               2120       48590
                                                    technicians
                                                   Electrical and
                                                    electronics
                                                     repairers,
                    California      49-2094                               7480       43990
                                                    commercial
                                                   and industrial
                                                     equipment

7. Job Market Analysis
   The Precision Agriculture Technician position is new to agriculture with identified
   employees active since 1990. As the industry and technology have evolved, clarification

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     Bureau of Labor Statistics: Available at: http://www.bls.gov/oes/
   of need and job entry requirements is still being determined. Industry first pursued
   graduates with a baccalaureate degree, however, as the technology has evolved and
   simplified, recruitment of community college individuals is in full swing.

   Companies currently in dialog with the college regarding employment of graduates
   include:
       Precision Farming Enterprises, Davis
       Top Con of California, “West Sacramento
       Trimble Navigation LTD, Sunnyvale
       Golden State Herbs, Indio
       J. M. Lord, Fresno
       Farm Works Software, Hamilton, IN
       Precision Agri-Lab, Madera
       Netafim Precision Irrigation, Pismo Beach
       SEBAL, North America, Davis
       UAP West, Firebaugh
       Integro Inc., Helm
       Helena Chemical, Fresno
       USDA Soil Survey, Hanford
       John Deere, Dos Palos
       Britz Fertilizers, Inc. Five Points
       Big W Sales, Stockton
       In-Time, Cleveland, MS

   Representatives of each of the above companies are cooperating with the college in new
   student recruitment, internship possibilities, and employment opportunities. In-Time is in
   a fast growth mode and needs 4 persons for the west coast who are not available at any
   other college or university.

8. Employer Survey
   Beginning with our program development advisory committee, we have consistently
   questioned our industry partners regarding the suggested content of our instruction,
   number of job openings expected, internship possibilities, and willingness to be class
   speakers.

9. Explanation of Employer Relationship
   Rarely does a day go by that one or more industry partners are not calling or stopping by
   to visit and articulate their current needs. The college has received donations of
   equipment, technical assistance in implementing the various precision agriculture
   instrumentation, and assistance with program publicity and recognition.

10. List of Members of Advisory Committee
    Brock Taylor, Sheely Farming
    Kurt Quade, Quade Consultants
    Bob Viets, West Hills Farms
    Rich Hilliker, Trimble
   Michael Gomes, Precision Farming
   Tony Griffin, Golden State Herbs
   Mike Illia, Netafim
   Tim Stone, Integro
   Mark Layman, Helena Chemical
   Mathew Russow, John Deere

11. Minutes of Key Meetings/Recommendations
                            West Hills Community College
                                 Farm of the Future

                               Advisory Committee Meeting
                                    December 7, 2005

Present
Brock Taylor
Kurt Quade
Nate Rutterbush
Russell Hansen
Scott Yeager
Dave McGlothlin
Merlin Welch
Larry Rathbun
Frank Gornick
Clint Cowden
Joe Barcelles
Francis Squire
Jack Ramsey
Ken Stoppenbrink
Sam Johnson
Steve Cantu
Bill McDermott
Nina Oxborrow

WELCOME
Dr. Frank Gornick thanked everyone for coming and stated the importance of their
involvement in the committee. He stressed the importance of the committee and how far the
college has improved.

INTRODUCTIONS
Dr. Larry Rathbun made introductions around the table.

PROGRESS REPORT
Recruitment-Clint
Last year approximately 10 students completed the entire program. Felipe earned $5,000.
from planting and selling oat hay. We now have 60 acres of oats. We recruited to more than
20 schools in the past two years with 16 remaining. We have taken our recruitment in a
different direction; spending the entire day with a power point presentation and hands on lab
exercises. We are getting our best response from family members of those who have already
attended West Hills.
Ag. Ambassadors/Conferences-Clint
We have a great Ag. Ambassadors! They have been going to many, many shows. We have
been given free tuition for next years Central Coast Cotton Conference from our helping of
this year.
Placement-Clint
After attending our program at West Hills, students have gone on to the Ag. Engineering
Dept. of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, to work in higher pay scales, one was accepted to Fresno
& Chico state and decided to return to West Hills.
Trimble Engineering Group is donating $8,000-$10,000. of equipment in easy steer system
for talking to their program and recommending new items to their engineers.
Vegetable Project-Larry
We planted 2 acres of donated tomatoes an introduction to a plant science project. Tomatoes
grew well.
Almonds/Pistachios/Angus/Bees-Larry
Our Angus herd is doing well. We own ½ of a two year old hiefer $15,000. We have 1,500
bees hives for the winter that pays us $2./hive. Almonds will gross $30,000. Pistachios have
two more years. Pleasant Valley has veered away from planting vegetables because of our
water and ours are all doing very well.
Farm Service Agency-Larry
The Farm Service Agency will pay us $1,000./mo not to grow cotton on our farm. We are
looking into beets making us money.
U.C. Riverside-Larry
In Mendota and Firebaugh we would like to set up computer labs and hold classes this
summer on farm safety and irrigation. We are working with good kids that come from poor
homes encouraging them to stay in the farm business.
Coalinga Enterprise Community-Larry
We have an agreement with the CEC – a USDA self help organization working closely with
farm workers and their families. CEC pays us $800 per month.
Sports Complex-Merlin
We are conducting a heavy equipment class of approximately 20 students on 90 acres of land
building a soccer complex. The drainage is complex and the land leveling phase is next. This
class teaches aspects of construction. The students are able to get “real” jobs immediately
after graduation. Allen Clark donated a laser GPS survey system worth approximate $50,000.
Our Field Day was a huge success. Surrounding high school students came out to our
construction site and were able to mingle and test drive heavy equipment.
Frank mentioned that we can accept donations of equipment and can provide documentation
for the tax benefits.
Larry- CHRPD is bank rolling the construction costs of the sports complex. By having our
class do the work the CHRPD is saving 70 – 80%.
Scott added the Coalinga Youth Sports Foundation is a non profit organization.
Dave thanked the college for their help and noted the sports complex could not have come as
far without them.
Larry emphasized we are spreading the word/knowledge to farm workers regarding advanced
irrigations and drip systems.

Sale of “old” farm-Larry
We are in the last stages of the sale of the old farm escrow will close in April. Proceeds will
generate 2 million. 1.2 million will go back to the district to repay monies spent. We would
like to generate income from crops to build a farm laboratory.
Bill McDermott-The “old” farm property has been sold to Rising Star a company out of
Orange County. We have a MOU that states they will take the school farm and transport it in
total and will build a new modernized farm w/pens, classrooms, bathrooms, etc. The
architecture will replicate old farm, only modernized and enhanced.
Joe stated he was encouraged by the advancement of our college and high school vocational
programs i.e. GPS, advanced math, and the modernization of our buildings.
Bill stated the emphasis is on learning and not money. When students graduate they must be
able to enter college at university level due to the no child left behind act.
Joe replied that West Hills board has historically stayed on course to promote advancement
in technology and vocation even when it was not popular, and how well our high school and
college work together.
.
CIRRICULUM
Ag. Careers Learning Center-Clint
WHC math teachers are adding agriculture to their math, English, and science classes. We
challenge all to get to non-farming aspects of our community.
Our goal in 08/04 was to introduce 10 months of technical learning and then have them get
jobs. We did not/do not have an associates degree for agriculture. We would like approval for
the following courses.
Francis suggested adding water broker subsidizing to our curriculum.
Joe moved motion to approve course CRSCI 19.
Larry and Bill second.
Motion approved.
Steve moved motion to approve course AG 16.
Larry and Frank second.
Motion approved.
Joe moved motion to approve course AG 11.
Steve second and added it sounds exciting.
Steve second.
Motion passed.
Our goal is to have an Ag. Science and Technology Associate Degree with an emphasis on
embryo in order to offer a certificate course without having to go to Sac.

COMMENTS
Bill complimented the college for getting the interests of students in precision agriculture.
Steve mentioned that WHC was great at the cotton conference and had heard good things
from other sources.
Steve asked if the committee could provide a quarterly report of their progress.
Larry adjourned meeting



12. Recommendation of Regional Consortium

QUALITY

13. Display of Proposed Sequence
    Students, enrolled full-time, 15 units per semester, can complete the Certificate program
    in one year, or two semesters. All coursework will be offered within a one year
    framework. The courses will be taught in the following framework:
                                           Fall Semester
    CRPSCI 6                   Applications of GPS Technology in Ag                  4
    CRPSCI 1                   Introduction to Plant Science                         3
    AGBUS 15                   Computer Application to Agriculture                   3
    General Education or Electives                                                   3
                                                                                     12
                                          Spring Semester
    CRPSCI 7                   GPS Crop and Yield Monitoring                         4
    CRPSCI 19                  Water Management                                      3
    General Education or Electives                                                6-9
                                                                                     16

14. Outlines of Record for Required Courses
    The Precision Agriculture Certificate course outlines are shown in Appendix B.

15. Transfer Applicability
    General agriculture courses approved by the curriculum committee are sent to the CSU
    articulation office for approval. Currently, CRPSCI 1- Introduction to Plant Science and
    SLSCI 21- Soils, transfer to both California State Universities and Universities of
    California as general education and elective credits.


16. Program Evaluation Plan
    The Agriculture faculty at West Hills College will use the Program Review: Self study
    process as part of the evaluation plan for the proposed new Precision Agriculture
    Certificate Program. The evaluation plan will incorporate student exit surveys and course
    evaluations, instructor self-evaluations, institutionally-based-peer-team review instructor
    review and a student tracking component. The student tracking component will evaluate
    the successfulness of the students’ ability to obtain and maintain jobs in the industry after
    completion of their certificate program at West Hills College. Data will also be
    developed collecting the number of students enrolled, dropped out, incompletes and
    number of graduates. The program will be reviewed in accordance with the review cycle
    for the department.
FEASIBILITY

17. Library and/or Learning Resources Plan

   The West Hills College Farm of the Future resource library has resources (books) for
   Precision Agriculture majors. The Farm of the Future has many books on every aspect of
   agriculture including: Precision Agriculture, Agronomy, Soil Science, Irrigation, Ag
   Business, Animal Science and others. The library is constantly being updated as new
   material becomes available. Cooperating industry professionals provide the Farm of the
   Future with real-world data to use in course material. There is currently a four station
   student computer lounge available to students anytime. There is a 21 station computer
   laboratory, running current industry Precision Agriculture software, available to students
   during class and for class projects. Additional materials and resources (revised, up to
   date, and supplemental) can be accessed at the West Hills’ College library sites in
   Coalinga, North District Center and Lemoore. Library staff is available to assist students
   in their research for projects.




18. Facilities and Equipment Plan
    The Farm of the Future, Allen Farm, currently has facilities and equipment sufficient to
    properly support the Precision Agriculture Certificate’s requirements, with plans to
    increase in the future. The Farm is currently in the process of moving campuses. The
    current facilities include offices, two classrooms, one computer laboratory and a farm
    maintenance shop. A fully functional chemistry laboratory is available for use on the
    main campus. Faculty has “sketched” the plans for facilities at the Allen Farm including
    classrooms, shops, barns, and fences. A large pavilion approximately 175’x300’ is
    desired to anchor the development. Discussions continue with the college architect
    regarding details of construction.


   The Farm of the Future operates a 230 acre diversified farm including classrooms and
   laboratories on which more than $600,000 has been invested in irrigation technology and
   management equipment. We also have a Precision Agriculture inventory (Appendix C)
   exceeding $300,000 of computers, software, and field data loggers, which will have
   supporting use in this new program.

   During the past four years, West Hills Community College District has invested in excess
   of $2.1 million in resources for the Farm of the Future. Furthermore, the District is
   committed to utilizing the estimated $2.5 million proceeds derived from the sale of the
   old campus farm to further develop the new farm. Local donations and federal and state
   grants have generated and additional $4.7 million for a total investment approaching $9.3
   million. The Board of Trustees has consistently adopted resolutions expressing strong
   programmatic and budget support for the Farm of the Future.

   We have developed strategic public and private sector partnerships with 49 companies
   and corporations in formal and informal agreements to enhance and extend our resources.
   In the past four years, we have received in excess of $646,000 of in-kind donations.

19. Financial Support Plan
    The college was able to begin the Precision Agriculture Program with funding provided
    by a USDA Hispanic Serving Institution grant. Since then, the following grants have
    been received:

          Received $1,064,289 in Federal and State funds grants including:
           o IDRC – Workforce Development Grant - $300,000
           o Irrigation Technology – Department of Water Resources - $99,999
           o Precision Ag Outreach – CCCCO - $313,901
           o Ag Chemistry – USDA - $150,000
           o Irrigation Technology – CCCCO - $99,663
           o GPS Equipment – CCCCO - $29,255
           o Firebaugh Technology Alliance – Community Dev. Corp. - $50,000
           o Special Populations Recruitment – CCCCO - $16,475
          Acceptance of the 230 acre Allen Farm as a gift from the Allen Family Trust.
          Planting of 22 acres of Almonds trees donated by Burchell Nursery
          Planting of 10 acres of Almond trees donated by Woolf Nursery
          Planting of 22 acres of Pistachio trees donated by S&J Nursery.
          Planting of 12 acres of Almond trees donated by Fowler Nursery.
          Purchase of purebred Angus herd.
          Purchase of two new pick-ups
          Purchase of two 8 passenger vans.
          Received in-kind donations valued at $630,782

    Operation costs of the program are provided by district and state FTE allocations
    supplemented by net income from the farm. Student field trips including meals and
    lodging are provided to all participants. Equipment repair and replacement is funded by
    new grants or donations.
    .
20. Faculty Qualifications and Availability
    West Hills College Coalinga presently conducts instruction in each of the subjects related
    to Precision Agriculture including crop science, GPS mapping, GIS modeling, variable
    rate applications, and yield monitoring and the integration of this data for optimum
    production efficiency. These subjects are provided through a learning community
    approach in which the instructors of mathematics, English, agriculture, science and social
    science plan and coordinate their lessons to optimize student learning outcomes. These
    instructors have been hired according to the Minimum Qualifications as defined by the
    California Community College’s Board of Governors.
COMPLIANCE

21. Model Curriculum

   Not applicable

22. Licensing or Accreditation Standards

   There are no special licensing requirements for the courses listed for the Precision
   Agriculture Program.

23. Student Selection and Fees

   In keeping with the open enrollment policy of West Hills Community College, the new
   certification program is open for enrollment to all students. Agricultural consultants and
   industry professionals will also receive information regarding the new program. The goal
   is to offer training to agriculturalists that will enable them to compete in the constantly
   evolving Precision Agriculture industry.

   No additional fees are required for enrolment and completion of the proposed
   certification program

24. Programs Provided by Contract

   Not applicable

								
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