The future of the Pierce College Farm is in jeopardy at the hands of its very own Board of Trustees. Through a calculated and planned course of action, the former Pierce College President and Board of Trustees have set into motion a course of action that will ultimately kill the only two year American Veterinary Medical Association accredited agriculture program in Southern California and eliminate stable career opportunities for its students. In this difficult financial time it's unconscionable for an academic institution to undercut a viable, successful program. They intend to permanently destroy residences that have housed full time animal caretakers and unnecessarily relocate the agricultural sciences department to a newer, yet overcrowded and insufficiently equipped shared space. These measures ultimately serve to kill off the entire agriculture department and relegate it to learning through a museum. We need our farm and our animals to effectively learn our craft and compete successfully in veterinary school and veterinary technology. Please sign our petition and let the interim President Joy McCaslin and the Board of Trustees know just how we feel!
I drive from north Santa Clarita to this farm; I would be very disappointed to see it go. Not only does it serve the community, but it is critical for students of agricultural and veterinary sciences to learn in a working farm environment.
Shame the revolving door of administrators at Pierce are cutting this viable program and raising their own paychecks at the same time. Truly shameful.
This program is vital to our community. It is successful and closing it only causes harm to the very people it was created to help. Farming is important to our world and learning this craft is impossible without such programs. You are the only place to provide this educational opportunity in Southern California - please don't take it away.
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