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ESCC Open House Highlights New Ag Program

GREENVILLE – Darke and Mercer Counties are number one and two in agriculture so it would only make sense for at least one organization in the region to take the next step in securing the area’s future. Edison State Community College (ESCC) has recognized the need and announced it will be offering a two-year degree beginning in fall 2017.

From the 10-16-16 edition of The Early Bird

By Ryan Berry, Managing Editor

GREENVILLE – Darke and Mercer Counties are number one and two in agriculture so it would only make sense for at least one organization in the region to take the next step in securing the area’s future. Edison State Community College (ESCC) has recognized the need and announced it will be offering a two-year degree beginning in fall 2017. The announcement was made at an open house on Oct. 13 at the Darke County campus with local and state leaders including the Ohio Director of Agriculture David Daniels.

Director Daniels said he was excited about what Edison State is going to do for the young people in the community. “Agriculture is a growing business and it is going to continue to grow,” he said. “You are giving them an opportunity to train for an industry that there is never going to be an end to it,” he added. He believes the agricultural community will continually find new uses and products for the things that are produced on the farm. “We have to learn to do it better, quicker. We have to use more technology. We have to use a lot of different tools that are at our disposal,” Daniels said.

Daniels admits there is a need for people with four-year degrees, but there is also a great need for technicians. According to the director, the U.S. Census Bureau has stated there will be 60,000 new jobs created in agriculture by the 2025. “Programs like this are going to be more and more important as we move forward.”......

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