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Students who enroll in the academic credit program will complete 18 credit hours (6 courses) that will be applied toward a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree. College of Charleston tuition rates as well as AG IDEA tuition rates will apply.

This program provides students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to establish and maintain a small business in farming or food processing. Students will choose to pursue one of the two available food systems tracks: sustainable farming or food processing.

Students in the sustainable farming track will participate in a 14-week field experience course in sustainable farming practices where they will learn what is required to own and operate a small farm. Students in the food processing track will participate in a 14-week field experience course in food processing where they will learn what is required to safely add value to raw produce by making it more attractive to the customer. All students will complete a comprehensive business planning course as well as a course in digital marketing. In addition, students will complete three additional courses from the AG IDEA consortium. The required courses are Introduction to Food Systems and Global Horticulture, Agricultural Law or Environmental Law, and Agricultural Policy.

The Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for people seeking either undergraduate academic credit (for-credit) or continuing education (non-credit). Information about the Center for Continuing and Professional Education’s certificate in Sustainable Food Systems can be found under the Professional Development tab.

If you aren’t sure which program is right for you, please reach out to Mat Garrison or compare the two programs side-by-side.

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        Start Date:
        Tuesday, August 20, 2019
        North Campus
        College of Charleston Tuition
        Mat Garrison

        Scholarship Information

        Scholarships for Veterans and Military Family Members who wish to enroll in the non-credit or for-credit certificate program are available.
        Contact Mat Garrison, at garrisonmj@cofc.edu with questions regarding scholarship eligibility.

        Funding for this certificate program is made possible by The Boeing Company.

        CLICK HERE to download the scholarship application. Once complete, please send the application and appropriate materials to Mat Garrison.