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Program Overview

Surry Community College offers a certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, with an emphasis on the cultivation and production of food and specialty crops in a manner that uses resources wisely and efficiently with a high regard given to the environment. Opportunities exist to work with high value fruits and vegetables, row crops, and niche crops like industrial hemp and cut flowers. Hands-on instruction is utilized as students learn in our greenhouses, high tunnel, field systems, and controlled environment hydroponics facility and take field trips to agricultural destinations.

Further supporting local agriculture, Surry Community College has built a high-quality Animal Science program. Students will be able to get an Applied Animal Technology certificate or a diploma in Animal Science. Classroom instruction is supported by various hands-on experiences. Realistic animal models allow students to practice vital techniques needed to maintain and monitor animal health. Local farm partnerships and on-campus animal facilities that house chickens, calves, and small animals provide more in-depth experience. After completing either pathway, students will be equipped to work in such jobs as herdsman, farm manager, production technician, feed consultant, or even start their own livestock farm. To further support student success and transfer needs, a partnership with NC A&T State University has been developed. This partnership will allow students to complete one year at SCC and three years at NC A&T State University to gain an undergraduate degree in agriculture.

We also offer a variety of courses in the field of agricultural science. These courses focus on farming, grape growing, wine making, and other related topics. These classes are offered through our Workforce, Technologies & Community Education department for skill seeking students.

Click the Skills Training link to view a list of current courses.

Contact and Registration Information:

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Call (336) 386-3618 for more information.

Program Contacts:

Jill Harding

Director - Pilot Center and Occupational Programs

Skills Training Courses


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Program Facts

Students attending Surry Community College for two years instead of going straight to a four-year college or university typically save


On average students who transfer from a community college outperform students who go straight to a four-year school.

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