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Agriculture is a major industry in Idaho and throughout the United States. If you are looking to broaden your horizon within the field and bring a unique skill set to the job market, this program will provide you with the foundation to be successful advancing agriculture through a variety of avenues. Various coursework allows students to broaden their knowledge in Agricultural Business Management, Plant and Soil Science, and Business Communication.
Agriculture Business, Leadership, and Education (ABLE) at CWI will foster a comprehensive understanding of, and lifelong appreciation for, the contributions of agriculture in the local, statewide, national, and global community. Our Agriculture program will empower students to meet the challenges of their individual career goals as well as enable them to be responsive to future changes in the agricultural industries.
Why This Program
An Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education degree from the College of Western Idaho (CWI) can put you on the path to a professional position in public service or private industry as you transition to a career or a university setting.
Courses will prepare students to think critically, navigate new technology, network with peers, communicate in an effective way, and gain fundamental business skills. The curriculum emphasizes a broad study of food, animal, and plant production in addition to communication and business courses. Many of the courses within this degree are available for students to take online. The curriculum emphasizes a broad study of:
- Fermentation Science
- Why food choices matter
- Animal Science
- Plant Production
- Soil Science
- Farm Management
- Business Communications
What You Will Learn to Do
- Gain a robust foundation to support increasingly comprehensive knowledge in the agricultural sciences
- Become a critical thinker who utilizes scientific approaches when addressing questions regarding the production of food, feed, and fiber
- Recognize and effectively communicate the importance of the agricultural sciences as a resource for human society
- CWI has an agreement with the University of Idaho which allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science Communications and Leadership. Students who complete an Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education degree from CWI can enroll at the University of Idaho, and stay in the Treasure Valley to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
- Students can engage in CWI's campus garden and help with the annual Farm to Fork event.
- Students enroll in a capstone course (AGRI 290) where they gain a valuable real world experience in their chosen profession.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Agriculture Business, Leadership, and Education - Associate of Arts Degree
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2022||Summer 2022||Fall 2022|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 8||n/a||April 11|
|Open Registration Begins||November 15||February 28||April 18|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 18||May 14||July 30|
|Admission Deadline2||January 8||May 28||August 13|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Classes Begin3||January 18||June 6||August 22|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Transfer is made easy with CWI’s articulation agreements for selected Bachelors programs offered at University of Idaho, within their college of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
Agriculture, agriculture support services, and agribusinesses operate in every state throughout the US, as well as in almost every country around the world. Consider a rewarding career in one of the many industries that produce, process, transform, and market agricultural products.
- Public Relations Specialist
- Farm or Ranch Management
- Agriculture Lobbyist
- 4-H Youth Development Coordinator
- Field Representative
- Adult Educator
Program Department Chair
- Agriculture Business, Leadership, and Education
- Animal Veterinary Science
- Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice
- Education, Elementary
- Education, Secondary
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
- Exercise Science
- General Education
- Geographic Information Systems
- Health Science
- Liberal Arts
- Media Arts
- Military Science (Army ROTC)
- Nursing, Professional
- Political Science
- Public Health
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
- Sign Language Studies
- Social Work
- Studio Art
- Transportation Management