Guided Tours Provided During Ag Facility Open House

The ag facility's commodities room. That's instructor Brett Burke at right. (Photo by Pat Blair)
The ag facility's commodities room. That's instructor Brett Burke at right. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair visited the newest facility at Sheridan College this week. Here's her report.


Visitors to Sheridan College's new agriculture facility were given guided tours of the building from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday during the facility's open house. The two-story building is adjacent to, and connects with, the college's Science Center.

One of the tour guides, Breauna Moore, said the facility has been providing classes to students since January this year. Cost of the ag center was $8 million, and Moore explained how it was funded.

I had a chance to visit with Chuck Holloway, an instructor in the college's ag department. He said the new ag center is a state-of-the-art facility that ag students from all over the region can attend. And, he said, it will be more.

Among the classes that are new with this building is the commodities room. Brett Burke, who's the ranch business management instructor and teaches in that room, explained what it's about.

Features of the room include a ticker tape around the room that brings a live feed in daily, with 10-minute updates, from whatever stock exchange Burke chooses. Burke said this type of education isn't offered to most college students until they're juniors or seniors.

Holloway said the ag department requires certain core classes for all ag majors, but beyond that, Sheridan College students get to choose a curriculum that fits their individual interests.

View more photos below.

Another photo of the commodities room. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another photo of the commodities room. (Photo by Pat Blair)
One of the classrooms. (Photo by Pat Blair)
One of the classrooms. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Plants growing in one of the labs. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Plants growing in one of the labs. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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