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Texas State to spearhead effort to bring diversity to agriculture

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
October 4, 2007



The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Agriculture, along with Laredo Community College and Southwest Texas Junior College, have been awarded a grant to increase the multicultural diversity in agriculture through education and partnerships.

The $440,000 grant is from the United States Department of Agriculture.  It will create a solid path for Hispanic and other underrepresented students to complete degrees in agriculture science and business to qualify for jobs with USDA. 

The objectives include creating and implementing a joint admissions plan so that students interested in agriculture science degrees at LCC and SWTJC can be admitted dually receiving services and information.  The grant will enable LCC and SWTJC students to enroll in teleconferenced courses offered by the department of agriculture at Texas State.  The project will bring students together from all three institutions to create instructional and social situations to foment better understanding and success in agriculture.

For more information, contact Nora R. Garza at nrgarza@laredo.edu or (956) 721-5337, or Doug Morrish at dm43@txstate.edu or (512) 245-3321