Laramie County Community College Agriculture and Equine Pathway provides students with viable career options in Wyoming

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 5:34 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In the Cowboy State, it’s no surprise that agriculture plays a vital role in putting food on the table.

The Agriculture and Equine Program at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) offers opportunities for students to continue higher education, or join the workforce directly out of the program.

“I mean, the world needs to eat. So these Ag. jobs and Ag. careers are things we will always have,” said Agriculture and Equine Pathway Coordinator, Katie Shockley.

The program offers courses in livestock and horses, business management and more, and adopts a more hands-on approach to learning so students can have the ability to explore.

“I really enjoy the freedom of it, and it really relates back to my background and there is a lot of great opportunity with it, with my program,” said Ag. Production student, Wacey Flack.

LCCC said this pathway is ideal for anyone interested in agriculture, but aren’t sure where to start.

“You do not have to have an Ag. background to come into this pathway. We are open to students who have interest in Ag. careers and they want to go towards that. I think there is a lot of jobs in Ag., and there are going to be a lot more, it’s going to be a field and an industry that is continuously growing as we move forward. I think traditionally people think of Ag as old school farming, but there is a lot more to it,” said Shockley.

The Ag. and Equine Pathway is unique in the sense that students can pursue a four-year education, or they can start their career. Students say they enjoy the flexibility of the program, but also appreciate receiving guidance.

“It is set up to make sure kids actually succeed. It’s not really set up like a lot of colleges that push you to get a degree and have that certificate; these guys actually want you to get a job. They’re like ‘Oh, okay, what is going to make you be successful in the workforce, what is going to help you actually get to your next step?”’ said Katie Odom, Ag. Business student.

New programs are coming soon to the Agriculture and Equine Pathway in the Fall of 2022.

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