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The Agriculture Center of Excellence focuses on the promotion of clear education and career pathways for the agricultural industry. Pathways are created through a combination of promotion, partnerships, collaboartive degrees and articulation agreements.

WSU Articulation Agreement

The Washington State University (WSU) College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) shares an interest with community colleges and other institutions of higher education in facilitating the seamless transfer of students to WSU. College faculty and staff care greatly about student access to higher education and wish to make this transfer between two and four-year institutions as barrier-free as possible.

As such, CAHNRS has developed a set of articulation guidelines to assist WSU CAHNRS and community college personnel that are interested in developing articulation arrangements into CAHNRS degree programs. A handbook of these guidelines can be downloaded in PDF format using the following link:

CAHNRS Articulation Guidelines Handbook

Term-by-Term Planning Sheet

CAHNRS Articulation Agreements

Student Recruitment

Student recruitment is the primary request for support from community and technical colleges served by the Center. To meet this need the Center implemented an innovative two step strategy to recruit a greater number of high school students and dislocated workers into collegiate agriculture and natural resource programs.

Statewide Ag Recruiter

In 2011, over 1,200 student interest cards have been collected by the Statewide Ag Recruiter.  Colleges were provided with student contact information and interest areas, allowing colleges to target students in their respective program areas.

In addition to recruiting at high schools, the Center developed a program guide to market college programs to Workforce Development Councils, WorkSource Centers, and agriculture associations. The 2010-2011 edition of the program guide presented agriculture and natural resource programs by career pathways and programs of study. The 2010-2011 Agriculture & Natural Resource Program Guide may be viewed by clicking the link below.

2010-2011 Agriculture & Natural Resource Program Guide

Curriculum Development Workshops

The Center sponsors and coordinates Curriculum Development Workshops for the Washington Association of Agricultural Educators (WACANE) Annual Conference. The Curriculum Development Workshops are presented by community and technical college agriculture and natural resource faculty members. The workshops enable college faculty to build relationships with their high school counterparts, introduce a specific area of study into high school curriculum, and provide high school teachers with prepared lesson plans and labs that translate to college programs through programs of study.

 Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is defined as the process of identifying, assessing and recognizing skills, knowledge, or competencies that have been acquired through work experience, unrecognized training, independent study, volunteer activities, and hobbies. PLA may be applied toward academic credit, toward requirement of a trianing program, or for occupational cerification.

PLA Samples

Edmonds Pesticide Licensing

Spokane Pesticide Licensing

Walla Walla Pesticide Licensing

Yakima Valley Pesticide Licensing


Faculty Network & Development

The Washington Association of Collegiate Agriculture and Natural Resource Educators (WACANE) exists to serve community and technical college faculty, facilitating a forum in which teaching strategies, curriculum and best practices are shared. WACANE meets at least semi-annually via Interactive Television (ITV) or Elluminate.

September 2011 WACANE Meeting Agenda 

September 2011 WACANE Meeting Minutes

April 2011 WACANE Meeting Agenda

April 2011 WACANE Meeting Minutes

December 2010 WACANE Meeting Agenda

December 2010 WACANE Meeting Minutes

September 2010 WACANE Meeting Agenda

September 2010 WACANE Meeting Minutes

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