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Michigan State Univ. (MSU) offers 10 certificate programs through the Institute of Agricultural Technology. These programs are campus based, approximately three semesters in length, and include a professional internship. Efforts were made in horticulture to expand programs into major population centers through joint programs with community colleges. Cooperative agreements were developed with Grand Rapids Community College and with Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. Issues addressed in the agreements include recruiting, admissions, advising, financial aid, integration of curriculum from both institutions, distance-learning delivery through the CODEC system, instructional commitments from campus-based and adjunct faculty, procedures for transfer to bachelor's degree program at MSU, and graduation. The symbiotic relationship between the institutions has expanded curriculum opportunities in the local areas, increased accessibility to MSU Horticulture programs, and better serves the nontraditional student. Outreach efforts for academic programs complement the traditional outreach that has occurred through the Cooperative Extension Service.

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