Illinois Central College
Illinois Central College (ICC) is an open enrollment, comprehensive community college located in the Peoria area and serving approximately 10,000 students in five counties. Peoria County is listed on the state’s Poverty Warning List. Key to its economic growth and community vitality are ICC programs in agriculture, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, police and fire science, horticulture, and other high demand occupations.
The mission of the agricultural program at ICC is to prepare students for careers in areas such as agriculture business, animal production, agronomy, farm services, crop research, precision agriculture and other related areas by providing an exceptional educational experience for students who desire to be part of the ever-changing agricultural industry. The agricultural program serves the stakeholders by providing intellectual, demonstrative and cultural resources for communities in the college district. The college farm assists the teaching, learning and applied research of the program.
ICC offers the associates of arts degree (transfer) as well as four associates in applied science degrees. Beginning fall 2018, the applied science degrees will become one degree entitled Agricultural Science & Technology with several career pathway options: Agricultural Business Management, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, and Precision Agriculture. ICC also currently offers two certificates: Agricultural Production and Agricultural Business Management – Precision Agriculture. The college has a nationally competitive livestock judging team that travels around the country participating in livestock judging contests throughout the year. Its Diesel Powered Equipment Technology (DPET) program provides training necessary to maintain service and diagnose system failures in agricultural equipment, construction equipment and heavy trucks.
Enrollment figures for ICC’s agricultural program continue to be steady or show slight increases. The program is gaining momentum and reputation within the educational community and industry. Focus on ICC’s agricultural programs taking the forefront of research and outreach for the agricultural community, both locally and at the state level, with unparalleled research in the areas of sustainability and water quality will serve our students well, exposing them to cutting edge research and information that makes them more prepared to transfer to a four-year university or provide them with the knowledge, skills and behaviors set to be more employable upon completion of their degree.