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Articulation agreement with Wayne State will benefit ag students interested in communications

Articulation agreement with Wayne State will benefit ag students interested in communications

WAYNE, Neb. -- Agriculture students interested in communications are the beneficiaries of an articulation agreement between Northeast Community College and Wayne State College.

Students who attend Northeast Community College and complete an associate’s degree in agriculture will now be able to complete 60 additional credit hours at Wayne State and earn a four-year degree in Agriculture Communications and Leadership from Wayne State.This pathway includes required courses in mass communications as well as electives that will allow students to craft a program of study that meets their needs.

For students with interests in both agriculture and communications, this articulation agreement provides the perfect pathway to enter a diverse job market.

“It was a great pleasure to work on this collaboration before my retirement,” said Dr. Deborah Whitt, professor emeritus at Wayne State. “The new program allows students who are passionate about agriculture to build their leadership and interpersonal communication skills through print, audio, and video platforms. These communication skills will be invaluable to the future of our agricultural economy.”

Agriculture industry professionals will also benefit from this agreement.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our society, but there are fewer people than ever directly involved in food production,” said Jill Heemstra, director of Northeast’s agriculture program. “Agriculture communicators bridge the gap by raising awareness and contributing to an informed public and industry. We are excited to work with Wayne State to create a pathway for students in this high-demand field.”

About Northeast Community College

Northeast Community College awards two-year degrees, one-year diplomas and certificates in career fields ranging from agriculture to wind technology. Some 99% of its 812 graduates in the 2021-22 academic year are employed or continuing their education. Northeast has received several honors, including recently being named again to the Aspen Institute’s 150 top community colleges in the nation.

About Wayne State College

Wayne State College, a leading, public four-year college in Northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System. Wayne State currently boasts more than 130 academic programs of study. Wayne State is nationally ranked and has received recognition for affordability, academic excellence, and community service.