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Programs for the Best Jobs

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Fall 2014 Course Schedule

Agricultural Technology
Career Opportunities
Farmer/Rancher
Livestock Production
Agronomy
Chemical Applicator
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Average Salary
According to the US Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for career opportunities from this program is:
$40,300.00
Agricultural Technology
Description
Agriculture, particularly in South Dakota, provides many employment opportunities.  This two-year program includes two tracks of specialized areas of emphasis that a student may pursue: Ag Production or Ag Business.  

A featured component of this program is the MTI Land Lab. The program farms 85 acres of land near Mitchell.  MTI Ag students and instructors manage all aspects of crop production including government programs.  The land lab is used in conjunction with many of the production and agri-business classes and gives students exposure to precision technologies including auto-steer, geo-referenced data management and variable rate technologies. Students gain experience in all areas of the operation: budgeting, planning, planting, spraying, fertilizing, harvesting and marketing.

Another feature is an animal lab available to students. This working beef production facility allows students access to cattle from birth to sale and helps students learn not only the hands-on labor needed to maintain a beef herd, but also the marketing process for making a profit.

Graduates will find work in all areas of agriculture from production to sales and service to business management and commodity marketing.

Students are expected to conform to MTI’s Drug Testing Policy while enrolled in the Commercial Driving Course.  See the Student Handbook for details. Students are expected to conform to MTI’s Drug Testing Policy while enrolled in the Commercial Driving course.  See the Student Handbook for details. Any student who enrolls in Commercial Driver training must obtain a South Dakota driver’s license in order to complete the CDL training course. A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program. 

MTI recommends that applicants to the Agricultural Technology program obtain a physical examination for their safety and protection.

The Agricultural Technology program has several scholarships available.  Click here for a listing.

Please Note:
  • Students enrolled must possess a Class A CDL license before the end of the 10th day of their first semester of enrollment or be registered for TRAN 100 during their first semester.
  • Students must pass the Commercial Applicator’s License exam in order to graduate.
  • Students in this program are required to purchase a laptop computer from MTI.  The laptop will have the necessary software installed and will be serviced free of charge while the student is attending MTI.
  • Students are required to achieve a grade of 2.0 (C) in technical courses in order to satisfy graduation requirements.
  • Students are required to complete one internship to satisfy graduation requirements.
A special note about laptop computers:

 

This program requires a laptop computer so that you can effectively integrate computing skills with your technical education. Many resources that instructors assign are online or require specialty software. To address these needs, MTI requires that students entering this program purchase their laptops from MTI. The cost for an MTI laptop averages about $1000. Please be aware that our machines come fully loaded with the software required for this program. 


Whether it's Microsoft Office, or a specialty software for a technical program, your needs will be met by your MTI laptop.  And our laptops are serviced for free by our Technology office. You will not be able to bring a laptop from home into an MTI laptop program as we cannot provide support services for every make and model of laptop. Please consider this carefully before making any laptop purchase and check with the Admissions office for more details.

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