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Skyland Grain visits campus and signs partnership

11 August 2016

Officials from Skyland Grain, LCC visited the Pratt Community College campus on Aug. 8 where they made their partnership official. Skyland Grain CEO David Cron and members of the Skyland team travelled from their headquarters in Johnson, Kan. and eastern administrative offices in Cunningham on Monday to visit the PCC campus and together signed a partnership agreement for the newest agriculture program launching this Fall.

PCC President, Dr. Michael Calvert and Skyland Grain Assistant CEO, David Rodriguez sat together with Skyland Grain’s Agronomy Division Manager, Justin Ochs, and PCC’s VP of Instruction Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick on Monday to sign the official documents.

Rodriguez and Calvert expressed their excitement for the new partnership and know that it will be a great addition to the Ag program.

“Everyone at PCC has been a pleasure to work with getting this program launched,” said Rodriguez. “We are honored to be a part of PCC and the development of students. PCC is where we want to be”

The partnership between PCC and Skyland Grain will bring a Crop Application one year certificate program to the agriculture department. At the end of the program students will have learned fundamentals of agriculture science, technology at PCC and gain workforce experience from Skyland Grain.

Calvert expressed his anticipation for the programs launch and what it will bring to the agriculture department and institution as a whole.

“For the fourth year in a row PCC students graduating with an associate’s degree have a higher annual wage than the average of associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree graduates,” said Calvert. “I anticipate that the success of this program and the students who will earn their certificate and be able to join the workforce will be an asset to our state.”

Crop Applicator careers are on the rise according to PCC’s Career Coach. Job openings are projected to grow six percent over the next 10 Years and starting salary ranges between $44,000 and $55,000 at Skyland Grain. Crop Applicators are highly trained professionals specializing in pesticide handlers, sprayers and applicators, mixing pesticides, herbicides, or insect sprays and repellents for application on lawns, landscapes, crop fields and pastures. They are able to identify areas requiring treatment and they manage the transportation of equipment and chemicals to and from the treatment site.

Pratt Community College’s Skyland Grain Crop Applicator option is a one year, 34 credit hour, Certificate Program. To successfully complete the Program, students are required to enroll in an occupational work experience course and be prepared to test for the Commercial Pesticide Applicator License and obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License upon employment.

Skyland Grain and PCC are offering scholarships to students who enroll in the program that will begin this Fall. For more information about the program contact Lori Montgomery at lorim@prattcc.edu.