Black Hawk College recently was named one of the 5 Top Community Colleges by Successful Farming magazine.
“You’re missing a good bet if you haven’t looked to the two-year community colleges as a source of farm employees,” the article says. “Their associate degree graduates may be more battle-tested for real farmwork than four-year graduates from the big universities.
“Community college ag programs always require one or two farm internships, besides work on a college farm. Students get supervised technical instruction in such things as welding, combine maintenance, animal treatments, and organic production.
“You can seek out community colleges at the American Association of Community Colleges by visiting aacc.nche.edu. Here are five good ones, with details on a unique ag curriculum that each offers.”
The college’s agriculture program was ranked No. 2 on the list.