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Graduates of Fox Valley Technical College’s (FVTC) Agribusiness Science and Technology associate degree program can experience a seamless transition into a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Studies or Agriculture Education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF). It’s all part of new articulation agreements between the two state innovators of agriculture training.

Faculty and educational leaders from FVTC and UWRF recently celebrated their latest partnership during a signing ceremony in the Agricultural Sciences building in River Falls. The new accord exemplifies another commitment from the higher education sector to make the transfer of college credits easier for students. 

FVTC Agribusiness Science and Technology graduates who transfer into UWRF’s Agricultural Education program will be admitted with sophomore status needing two and a half years or more to complete the baccalaureate program. The same FVTC program graduates looking at UWRF’s Agricultural Studies program as their next step in continuing education will be admitted with junior status needing about two years to complete the baccalaureate program.

The agreements will begin at the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, and students will receive joint academic advising from staff at both institutions. Students must have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 for acceptance into the university’s programs and maintain that baseline GPA throughout their studies.

UWRF’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) has earned an outstanding reputation for excellence in education and service to the region, nation and the world since 1912 and is consistently ranked as one of the top undergraduate agricultural programs in the nation. It features the only agricultural engineering technology program in the state, and one of the largest dairy science programs in the nation.

Like UWRF, FVTC’s Agriculture department is one of the state’s originators of related training. Today, it holds more agriculture training programs than any other technical college in Wisconsin, and all 10 of its two- or one-year degree programs experienced 100% graduate employment based on the college’s most recent survey. FVTC also holds the state’s longest-running annual public farm tour, a 69-year showcase of family farm technologies. 

To learn more, visit www.uwrf.edu/CAFES or www.fvtc.edu/agriculture

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