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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Agricultural job opportunities are growing in Texas, and with no other two-year agricultural program in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas Southmost College is filling the need with its new agriculture and business programs. agri-food from autumn 2022.
“Whenever we consider creating a new program, we look at the demand, job opportunities in that particular field and after extensive research, we have found that there are various opportunities in agriculture and many students from the Rio Grande Valley are looking for degree programs like this. one,” said TSC Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Dean Murad Abusalim, Ph.D.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in agricultural sectors is expected to increase by 6% through 2026. In Texas, the expected growth is 14.1%, indicating healthy growth.
Abusalim added that more than 2,000 students are enrolled in agriculture-related courses in local school districts.
“The introduction of these two new agricultural programs allows us to provide students with more opportunities and career paths close to home,” Abusalim said. “This is going to have an immediate impact on thousands of students.”
TSC’s Agriculture and Agribusiness programs will offer an Associate of Science degree. The agricultural track will prepare students to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural science, or animal science.
Agribusiness will also prepare students for transfer, but covers advanced topics such as the business and economic foundations of agriculture and horticulture. Graduates of this program can pursue a four-year degree in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Horticultural Science, Plant and Soil Science, or Poultry Science.
“Agriculture is a vast field,” Abusalim said. “Our advisory board is made up of agriculture professionals from our region and across the state, so our program was designed to ensure our students are prepared to succeed in any profession they choose.”
There are six major sectors in which graduates of these programs can work: Agriculture, Agricultural Mechanics, Animal Science, Environmental Services, Food Science, Natural Resources, and Veterinary.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Texas Workforce Commission report that in the state of Texas, total employment in these sectors was over 80,000 in 2019, with over 60,000 positions in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.
“This is a rewarding career path that offers a number of opportunities and with this program we have the chance to build a strong foundation for gainful employment and positively impact the lives of our students and their families,” Abusalim said.
Enrollment for TSC’s new Agriculture and Agribusiness programs for Fall 2022 opens April 1.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 956-295-3747.