Alabama's most profitable agricultural industry is the focus of an innovative partnership between Gadsden State Cherokee and Auburn University’s Department of Poultry Science, allowing students to pursue a degree and a career in poultry science. The poultry industry in Alabama generates more than $3.1 billion each year and accounts for more than 65 percent of the state’s annual farming revenues.
“The 2+2 Poultry Science Program gives students the opportunity to complete their freshmen and sophomore years at Gadsden State Cherokee and their junior and senior years at Auburn,” said Sen. Phil Williams, who was instrumental in forming the educational partnership. “It will result in a bachelor’s degree in Poultry Science. While at Gadsden State, students enrolled in the partnership program will complete their core curriculum as well as an introductory agriculture course. The agriculture course will be streamed live from the Auburn campus.
“You can write your own ticket if you go into poultry science,” Williams said. “The sky is the limit.” Starting salary for a poultry science graduate is between $42,000 and $47,500, said Berry, who is an associate professor at Auburn. “The poultry industry can be lucrative but jobs are hard to fill,” he said. “Every poultry science graduate we have at Auburn gets an average of five job offers each. We have 100 percent in job placement among our graduates.” Some of those areas include sales, food science, nutrition, veterinary support, quality assurance/meat quality, feed milling, quantitative genetics, and genomics as well as multiple aspects in poultry production.
Gadsden State is offering scholarship awards in the amount of 13 credit hours each for Fall 2018. The scholarship is open to all students who enroll in Gadsden State’s Poultry Science Program. They must take the Poultry Production course (AGP130) during the fall semester, and they must have a 2.5 grade point average or better. A Gadsden State Scholarship Application as well as a description of educational and career goals must be completed by June 1. Application for Fall 2018 will open in January.
For more information, contact Amanda Martin, Enrollment Specialist at Gadsden State Cherokee, at email@example.com or 256-927-1807.