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ERIC Number: ED531006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 42
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
2008 Mississippi Curriculum Framework: Postsecondary Irrigation Management Technology. (Program CIP:01.0699 - Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other)
Oliver, Michael L.
Research and Curriculum Unit
As the world economy continues to evolve, businesses and industries must adopt new practices and processes in order to survive. Quality and cost control, work teams and participatory management, and an infusion of technology are transforming the way people work and do business. Employees are now expected to read, write, and communicate effectively; think creatively, solve problems, and make decisions; and interact with each other and the technologies in the workplace. Vocational-technical programs must also adopt these practices in order to provide graduates who can enter and advance in the changing work world. The curriculum framework in this document reflects these changes in the workplace and a number of other factors that impact local vocational-technical programs. Irrigation Management Technology is designed to provide students with skills that lead to employment in residential and commercial irrigation industries. The program includes training in the areas of irrigation system design and installation, system troubleshooting and repair, and irrigation business and shop management. Students enrolled in the program have the options of taking a one-year course of study and receiving a technical certificate or taking a two-year course of study and receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree. A minimum of 42 semester credit hours is required to earn the technical certificate. A minimum of 72 semester credit hours is required to earn the Associate of Applied Science degree. Students who complete the program will be qualified to sit for the Certified Landscape or Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor's examinations after earning one year of experience in the field. Students will be qualified to sit for the Certified Irrigation Contractor and Certified Irrigation Designer examination after earning two years of experience in the field. Students may sit for the first two steps of the Certified Irrigation Designer examination upon completion of the program. The remaining steps (3 and 4) may be completed after obtaining two years of field experience. Appended are: (1) Proposed Industry Standards for Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor; (2) Related Academic Standards; and (3) 21st Century Skills. A list of suggested references is provided for each unit. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State University, Research and Curriculum Unit; Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Vocational Education and Workforce Development
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi