January 16-17, 2003


ITEM 118-201-R0103:�����������     Approval of Proposal to implement a Two-Year,� Agricultural Power and Machinery A.A.S. Degree Program as well as a One-Year Certificate Program; Dawson Community College, Glendive, Montana.


THAT:�������������������������������������� The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Dawson Community College to award an A.A.S. or Certificate to any student who completed the two-year or one-year curriculum in Agricultural Power and Machinery approved by the Board.


EXPLANATION:�����������             Agriculture is a major component of the economy in eastern Montana.� As technology advances, farmers and ranchers must stay current with these advances in order to remain competitive in the open market.� The ability to compete in this global market requires that agriculturalists utilize the most efficient farming methods and equipment.� As agricultural equipment becomes more technically complex, farmers and ranchers are becoming less able to perform their own repairs.� Dealers are at the same time facing problems finding qualified technicians to fill openings in their businesses.� This program will help fill a need for qualified agricultural mechanics on the farm and in dealerships across eastern Montana.� Students in this program will learn proper procedures for operation, maintenance and repair of agricultural equipment and machinery.� They will be trained in agricultural engines, power trains, hydraulics, control systems, welding, electricity and farm equipment.� Graduates will be equally well prepared to return to the farm or go into a position with an agricultural equipment dealer.


ATTACHMENT:�����������              Program Proposal