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Dairy Science Technical Diploma

Turn your passion for raising animals into your profession. Apply today! 

Program Code: 310905

Turn your passion for raising animals into your profession. The Dairy Science technical diploma will prepare you to work in entry-level dairy industry positions. You’ll become proficient with dairy management techniques and animal husbandry skills. As a grad, you may be employed as a feed technician in a milk parlor or as an assistant herdsperson. You’ll be skilled in assessing basic herd health standards, providing calf care, administering shots, assisting in herd health checks, providing artificial insemination, effectively communicating to maintain continuity between dairy farm shifts, and maintaining herd records. You may also be prepared for positions in the feed industry or animal health industry.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Farm Production-Dairy Science, 100905

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Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

• Milking parlor

• Feed technician

• Assistant herdsperson

• Herd health standards assessor

• Maternity pen assistant

• Feed industry

• Animal health industry

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent (for a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Green Bay
Accepting
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Marinette
Unavailable
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Sturgeon Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Dairy Science technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-090-303 AGRIBUSINESS ECONOMICS ...basic knowledge of macro and micro economics will be taught, proficiency in developing basic cash flows, cost benefit analysis, enterprise analysis, budget development, profit loss statements and developing cost of production. Student should be able to develop adequate information for farm manager to analyze business proposals.
10-090-326 INTRO TO DAIRY SCIENCE ...this course provides basic knowledge of the dairy science field. Topics include animal health, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, basic breed characteristics and animal feedstuffs.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SECOND SEMESTER
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-090-331 DAIRY SCIENCE INTERNSHIP ... The dairy science internship is designed to give students a hands-on experience in the dairy field, either on a dairy farm or dairy related business. The student, instructor and employer will develop a customized course objective. Every attempt will be made to match students' interests with employers' offerings. Instructor supervision will be coordinated with the employer to assure student and learning objectives are met. (Prerequisite: 10-090-326, Intro to Dairy Science)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
TOTAL CREDITS
29
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Maintain herd records
• Provide artificial insemination
• Assist with herd health checks
• Assist in the maternity pen
• Provide calf care
• Assess basic herd health standards
• Use effective oral and written communication skills

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