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FAQ - Agriculture Business - Butte College

AGRICULTURE BUSINESS

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

You are going to like this! For those eligible for a Board of Governors Grant known as the BOG, enrollment fees are waived. BOG students are still responsible for service fees. For students who are not eligible for the BOG, the enrollment fee is $36 per unit plus service fees. A typical full-time student carrying 12 units would pay only $111 per semester (BOG eligible) or $543 per semester(BOG non-eligible). To see if you are eligible for the BOG, go to the BC financial aid pages.


Your main expenses at Butte will be transportation, books, and housing. Books are the largest single expense at a community college. They may run $20 to $200 per class so if you are taking a 12-unit load (4 classes), you should figure on another $300-$500 for books. Several types of financial aid are available to students, including grants, loans, Work Study, and scholarships. Distribution of money is based on financial need and the amount of funds available. For more information, visit the BC financial aid pages.

IS THERE STUDENT HOUSING ON CAMPUS?

Butte College does not have on-campus dormitories or housing, but there are other options available in Chico, Oroville, and surrounding areas.

Butte College has a off-campus housing service partner at www.butte.och101.com that allows students to find apartments, houses and rooms for rent, and a roommate finder.

Disclaimer:
The Off-Campus Housing 101 Listing Service is provided as a resource for Butte College students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding community. The college has not inspected, approved, or disapproved of the facilities listed and therefore cannot be responsible for the listings.


For private dorm:
Craig Hall is located in Chico at 1400 W. 3rd Street.  It serves both Butte and CSU, Chico students.  For more information, please contact (800) 559-1393 or visit www.craighall.com for more information.

WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM STRENGTHS OR UNIQUE FEATURES? WHAT SETS IT APART FROM OTHER SCHOOLS WITH THIS MAJOR?

High-quality instruction, small class size, and high transfer rate all at a low cost. Ancillary programs such as Heavy Equipment Operation, PCA Certification, Welding Technology, Natural Resources, and Environmental Horticulture provide numerous opportunities for career exploration. Located near Chico, California in a diverse agricultural region.  The Agriculture Department operates a farm and wildlife refuge. Many opportunities for student involvement.

IS THERE A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR THE PROGRAM?

No.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

The AS could be completed in two years if the student carried 15 units per semester. Completion of the major and additional transfer GE requirements would probably add another year depending upon math and English preparation.

ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS (day, evening, part-time) AS TO HOW OR WHEN STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE THIS PROGRAM?

This is a daytime program; however, general education requirements may be offered in the evening.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR INTERNSHIPS RELATED TO THIS PROGRAM?

Internships, sometimes paid, are frequently available through the college Cooperative Work Experience program.

IS THERE AN AGRICULTURE STUDENT CLUB?

Yes. It is called Ag Ambassadors.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN THIS PROGRAM?

Visit the Butte College Foundation Office website for information on available scholarships and application details.

DOES THE PROGRAM LINK WITH ANY SIMILAR FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE PROGRAMS?

Yes. Courses are all transferable to the CSU and most to the UC system. CSU Chico, CSU Fresno, and Cal Poly recruit Butte students to their AG programs.

Many of our students are attending Butte College to fulfill the first two years of a Bachelors of Science degree. This saves money and creates a higher probability of success upon transferring to a University program. Our transfer rate to the CSU Chico College of Agriculture is the highest in the state.

link to http://www.csuchico.edu/ag/

ARE THERE CLASSES AT BUTTE COLLEGE THAT FULFILL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PEST CONTROL ADVISORS (PCA) EXAM?

Yes. The Pest Control Advisor (PCA) program is a series of classes (that have been approved by the state of California) to fulfill the requirements necessary to take and pass the PCA exam. The PCA program at Butte College is a supplement to our other degree programs and makes an ideal complement to the Agriculture Business Associates Degree. Get the PCA Course Listing.

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