Lincoln Land Community College is offering select courses in agricultural watershed management and horticulture at no cost this fall. Registration is currently open.
The free course offerings are in eight-week modules with evening hours. Courses include Landscape Lake Ecology and Agricultural Watershed Management, which begin the week of Aug. 21, and Landscape Lake Sampling and Conservation Practice Systems I, which start the week of Oct. 16. The availability of these courses at no cost is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grant.
“This opportunity provides students the chance to explore these fields and even get a head start on a certificate in agricultural watershed management or landscape design/turf management for free,” explains David Bowman, program coordinator, LLCC Workforce Development. “It’s also great professional development for those already working in the agriculture industry.”
A 2+2 agreement established with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville allows students completing the agricultural watershed management and horticulture programs at LLCC to transfer to SIUE to earn a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies.
“As we go further into the 21st century, agriculture is going to be asked to do more and more with a growing population and expanding markets,” adds Bowman. “These courses prepare those who take them to enhance agricultural productivity and efficiency while helping manage water performance. It is also important for plant production, input efficiency and soil health on farms as well as in urban/suburban settings.”
For more information about the new agriculture watershed management and horticulture courses at LLCC, visit www.llcc.edu/watershed-management and www.llcc.edu/horticulture, or contact Bowman at 217.786.2317. To register for Springfield classes, call 217.786.2292.