“The Black Hawk College video showed students on the tractor working outside. Every other agricultural college featured people making decisions in a lab. Black Hawk looked the most practical.” 

Juan Wiid
Agribusiness Management and Agriculture Production Technology
Associate in Applied Science graduate

Agriculture

To meet the demands of an ever-changing agriculture industry, Black Hawk College East Campus offers a variety of career and transfer programs to ensure students are prepared with advanced training. Our graduates hold positions in agribusiness management, crop and livestock production, veterinary clinics and hospitals, and ag equipment dealerships. They are mechanics, farm operators, herdsmen, riding instructors and horse trainers.

Facilities
The East Campus has specialized ag facilities, including an agricultural mechanics lab, equine facility, greenhouse and veterinary hospital.

Internships 
Students complete two internships as part of the Associate in Applied Science degree. Black Hawk College also offers internships to students in an ag education/FFA program as part of the Growing Agriculture Science Teachers Grant through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Hands-on instruction
Faculty emphasize hands-on instruction in all coursework. Instructional labs are held off-site in many courses to keep learning connected to a changing industry.


Extracurricular Activities

Competitive teams:
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Crops & Soils Judging Team
• Horse Judging Team
• Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Team
• Livestock Judging Team

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Student clubs:
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Agribusiness Club
• Agriculture Mechanics Club
• Math and Science Club

Special events on campus:
• Ag Visit Days
• FFA judging and leadership contests
• Roping and barrel racing clinics
• Speed Show Series
• Annual Ag Recognition Reception


Programs AND HIGHLIGHTS

Curriculum is offered in the areas of agribusiness management, agriculture mechanics, ag production technology, equestrian science, horse science technology, pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary technology.

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Transfer programs
If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you can earn one of three associate degrees: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Science-Ag Transfer.

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Career programs
If you plan to go right into the workforce after graduation, you can earn a certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree by enrolling in one of the career programs offered through the department.

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Agriculture Mechanics Certificate 9583 Certificate 43 Trade and Technical Career Programs Agriculture
Veterinary Technology (AAS) 5017 AAS Degree 80 Agriculture Career ProgramsHealth Sciences Career Programs Agriculture animals
Veterinary Assisting Certificate 5117 Certificate 32 Agriculture Career ProgramsHealth Sciences Career Programs Agriculture animals
Horse Science Technology Certificate 9599 Certificate 30 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal
Horse Science Technology (AAS) 9099 AAS Degree 70 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal
Equestrian Science (AAS) 9096 AAS Degree 70 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal
Agriculture Production (Certificate) 9541, 9543, 9544 Certificate 12 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agriculture Production Technology (AAS) 9141 AAS Degree 71 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agribusiness Management Horticulture Option (AAS) 9242 AAS Degree 69 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agribusiness Management – Crop Protection Technology Option (AAS) 9143 AAS Degree 72 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Agribusiness Management (AAS) 9142 AAS Degree 71 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Advanced Large Animal Technician Certificate 5717 Certificate 15 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture
Advanced Veterinary Office Management 5817 Certificate 13 Agriculture Career Programs Agriculture animal