|Apr 01, 2011 --
Outline Of Need:
North Central Missouri College (NCMC) offers an agriculture and natural resources curriculum on their campus in rural Trenton, Missouri. The program is currently fully enrolled with 80 students, and because of limited space there is a waiting list for prospective students wanting to enter the program. NCMC needs to expand their campus facilities to allow for increased enrollment in the agricultural and natural resources program to provide the best possible educational opportunities for the Trenton community.
How Rural Development Helped:
Rural Development partnered with Grundy Electric Cooperative to provide a zero-interest, $740,000 Rural Economic Development Loan to assist North Central Missouri College with financing for the Barton Farm Campus, a new agricultural and natural resources campus.
The new campus will allow the college to increase enrollment in the program to 200 students. The agriculture and natural resources programs provide certifications and associate degrees to students who either go on to find employment as technicians in related fields or continue their education toward bachelors or higher degrees in related fields. The new campus will have an agricultural mechanics classroom and storage building; animal sciences buildings and grazing paddocks; and a plant sciences building with a laboratory and greenhouse. Development of the Barton Farm Campus will enable NCMC to expand the laboratory, demonstration, and hands-on experience offered to students in the agricultural and natural resources programs. The new campus will also provide space and facilities for NCMC to offer certificate and associates degree programs in the emerging fields of alternative agriculture and renewable energy. An example of the new degree programs is the Wind Energy Technician program which was established at NCMC in 2009. Best practices in both traditional and alternative agricultural production, renewable energy, and green technology will be demonstrated at the Barton Farm Campus to students and the general public.
The college was founded in 1925 and currently has an enrollment of about 1,900 students.