Free ag college credit

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ivy Tech Community College is once again pleased to offer AGRI 100, Introduction to Agriculture. And once again it will be a "Take a Course on Us" resulting in an opportunity for free college credit! AGRI 100 will be offered at the Terre Haute campus and for the first time will also be taught at the new Ivy Tech in Greencastle! While the college credit will be Ivy Tech, there is also a Purdue connection as Purdue Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Jim Luzar will be the instructor for AGRI 100 at the Greencastle campus location during the spring 2010 semester. The course at both locations will occur on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:45 PM during January 11 through May 3, 2010.

AGRI 100 is a three credit hour course that covers a wide range of topics from the fundamentals of crop and livestock production in Indiana to the diversity of agricultural systems worldwide. The format of the course is lecture supplemented with group projects, class presentations, and field trips. The curriculum for this course is flexible in that the focus for the activities, field trips, and teaching will appeal and focus on the interests of the students enrolled. For questions about this course, contact instructor Jim Luzar at 812.462.3371 for more information.

This unique "Course on Us" program allows high school students to take introductory college-level courses FREE (up to maximum of three credit hours). Ivy Tech also covers the cost of the technology fee ($50) which is assessed to each student for each semester.

Eligibility for "Take a Course on Us" is available to any high school junior or senior, even if he or she is a seventh semester or March graduate. Eligible students may only register for one free course. There is no availability of online courses for this program. The selected course must occur and may only be taken during the spring semester,

Other courses are available for the "Take a Course on Us" program. These courses are listed at the local Purdue Extension-Putnam County website listed below in the 4-H menu tab. Eligible youth should contact their high school guidance counselor for interest in other courses.

Check our website www.extension.purdue.edu/putnam to view the most up to date info. You can contact the local Purdue Extension Office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding column topics or to RSVP for upcoming events. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 10: Bi-State Crop Management Workshop, Beef House, 9 a.m.

Dec. 10: "Back to the Table" Basic cooking class (RSVP Ext. Office), Putnam Co. Hospital, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Private Applicator Program (PARP), Cloverdale Community Bldg, 1 p.m.

Dec. 14: "Ordinary Things Used in Extraordinary Ways", Extension Office, 10 a.m.

Dec. 23: Extension Office closes at noon for Christmas holiday

Dec. 28: Extension Office reopens after Christmas holiday

Jan. 1: Extension Office Closed for New Year's Holiday