Sediment • Nutrient Use • Conservation Practices • Big-Data Analytics
Key Progam Features
LLCC Agricultural Watershed Management is a program that is focused on the student. Flexibility is built-in. You can earn portable, stackable certificates which build upon each other and can lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree. The program is developed for broad agricultural interests, from farm owners, operators and farm service providers to the traditional in-bound high school student or graduate students in environmental science.
Lake Springfield Watershed is designated a priority watershed and serves as our programmatic laboratory and location for outdoor practicums. Students have the opportunity to diagnose nutrient and soil sediment losses and learn to prescribe remedies. They will also be trained to identify key practices of production agriculture, analyzing cost and nutrient benefits of retention. By the end of the program the students will have broadened skills and knowledge of all areas relating to agricultural watershed management.
The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (INLRS) is center-stage in LLCC Agricultural Watershed Management. Each learning unit topic was carefully chosen for its contribution to this technician strategy of:
- Nutrient loss reduction opportunities with almost every field in a watershed
- Stability of soil sediments, including nutrient retention and storage of nutrients
- Field water management and water quality issues
Are you looking for a well-paid, meaningful career? Agricultural watershed management’s career pathway has the potential for a high wage career. With the option to progress through more than one program pathway(s) simultaneously, your earning potential goes up with each certificate or degree. See Career Coach for even greater career details.
AWM 101 – Conservation Practice Systems I
Features surface-level cultural activities to build soil strength through cover crops
AWM 102 – Conservation Practice Systems II
Explores subsurface activities to more fully understand the soil water zone, fluctuations and its function during surplus and drought
AWM 103 – Nutrient Use Efficiency
Builds upon a broad nutrient utilization when comparing both inorganic and organic fractions, including bio-solids and manures
AWM 104 – Agriculture Readiness for Change
Contributes to a broader understanding of watershed stakeholders and their multi-faceted requirements
AWM 105 – Agricultural Big Data Management
Explores the why and how of big-data analytics and their contribution to precision farming applications, especially nutrient applications
AWM 106 – Agricultural Sediment Fundamentals
Provides concise insight of these complex and often misunderstood structures that support plant-life
AWM 107 – Agricultural Watershed Management
Identifies the complexities of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Best Management Practices in today’s watershed environment
LLCC offers two agricultural watershed management certificates.
Time to completion: 9 months
This certificate requires completion of these four courses – AWM 101, 102, 103 and 107. The course requirements can be taken in sequence and completed in nine months.
Time to completion: 18 months
This certificate requires completion of all seven AWM courses – AWM 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 and 107. The course requirements can be taken in sequence and completed in 18 months. The other three required courses are AFO 208, AGR 208 and ESI 101.
This program falls under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides the gainful employment information for Agricultural Watershed Management Technician II • Certificate of Achievement in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).
2+2 Integrative Studies
The 2+2 Integrative Studies Program allows agricultural watershed management students to be able to obtain bachelor’s degrees in integrative studies by attending LLCC for two years and attending Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville for another two years. Upon completion of the requirements of both institutions, students will qualify for an associate degree in applied science or a certificate in agriculture watershed management from LLCC and a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies from SIUE. View sample curricula outlining how a typical student would be able to satisfy the requirements in each of the listed disciplines.
Investment in Your Future
The 2018-2019 LLCC tuition rates for agriculture (AGR) and agri-fertilizer operations (AFO) courses are $161.75 per credit hour for in-district students. Other agricultural watershed management program courses run the standard in-district rate of $129.50 per credit hour. Fees are $11 per credit hour. Get more information on tuition and fees.
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LLCC is a DOL TAACCCT awardee. Funds from the TAACCCT grant made this program possible.