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Skyland Grain gives $25,000 to PCC for future scholarships

31 October 2018

Pratt Community College received a $25,000 check from Skyland Grain, LLC to go towards scholarships for students. Skyland Grain, a program partner for the Crop Application certificate for nearly three years, has offered an occupational workforce program in conjunction with the Agriculture and Ag Power technical programs at PCC. Students have the opportunity to earn a Crop Applicator certificate and receive scholarship dollars to help cover tuition, books and more.

“Skyland Grain is proud to extend this check towards the Crop Application program at Pratt Community College,” said Aaron Murphy Relationship Manager,  “We know that there is a need in the industry for qualified professionals and these scholarship dollars will help those students who want to be a part of that industry.”

Students can earn up to $600 per semester by enrolling in the Crop Application certificate program while also enrolled in any other associate’s degree program at PCC. The certificate program takes one year to complete and students work closely with PCC instructors and industry professionals at Skyland Grain to earn their Commercial Pesticide Applicator License upon completion of the program.

“Thank you to Skyland Grain,” said Dr. Michael Calvert, PCC president. “We appreciate our continued partnership with them as much as we appreciate the opportunity these scholarship dollars give to students who want to succeed.”

PCC Agriculture Sophomores,  Landon Borgelt and Bryce Murphy, are in the Crop Application program and say that the scholarships they have received have helped them succeed in the classroom as well as in the field.

“Scholarships have definitely helped,” said [Bryce] Murphy. “I would encourage anyone to go into this program not only for the financial help but because the content that we have learned is such a necessity for the agriculture industry.”

From learning to operate agricultural machines to the types and function of application to crops both Murphy and Borgelt say that the Skyland Grain Crop Application program has taught them so much and are grateful for the experience as they both plan to utilize what they’ve learned in the workforce upon graduation in May.

“I have found the [Crop Application] program is valuable in addition to my associate’s degree program courses,” said Borgelt. “Working in the Skyland Grain curriculum has taught me a lot and it’s such a big part of the industry that I never realized before.”

Skyland Grain also offers their own scholarship for college students upon high school graduation. Students can earn up to $1,000 per year. To find out more about Skyland Grain scholarships visit their website skylandgrain.com and find the scholarship information under the “Programs” tab.

In addition Skyland Grain gives opportunities to college students who want to use what they have learned from their Agriculture or Business programs and apply it in the real world through paid internships. Each summer Skyland Grain offers multiple internship jobs to college students entering their second, third and fourth years of college in multiple areas of their business including Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, General Agriculture and Animal Sciences.

To learn more about the Crop Application certificate program at PCC in partnership with Skyland Grain and how you can apply for admission visit prattcc.edu/CropApplication.

Aaron Murphy (Skyland Grain), Landon Borgelt, Barrett Smith and Bryce Murphy