Southwestern Community College was recently awarded a $164,375 Coronavirus Relief Registered Apprenticeship Incentive Program for Post-Secondary Institutions grant. The college will utilize its funds to launch an apprenticeship training program for the agronomy industry for the occupations of commercial pesticide applicators and agronomy-related CDL drivers. Throughout the 2,000-hour registered apprenticeship program, participants will have the opportunity to earn the following industry-recognized third-party certifications:

  • commercial pesticide applicators license, core, category 1A agricultural weed management, category 1B agricultural insect management, and category 1C agricultural crop disease management;
  • Class A or B CDL with air brakes and hazmat endorsements;
  • OSHA 10-hour certification.

In conjunction with the courses offered by Southwestern, hands-on experience operating an agriculture sprayer simulator and completing training modules will be embedded within coursework. The state-of-the-art agriculture sprayer simulator will be available for participant use in the newly-renovated Agricultural Sciences Center at Southwestern.

For more information regarding an overview of coursework, please view the commercial pesticide application apprenticeship program flyer. Questions about the program may be directed to Lindsay Stoaks, SWCC's vice president of instruction.