Certificate Programs

IAT-badge-graphicThe Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) offers innovative, educational programs that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical learning and skill enhancement in animal sciences, plant science and electrical technology.

All programs can be completed in two years, including a required professional internship experience. Programs are offered on Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) East Lansing campus and in partnership with several Michigan community colleges across the state. Graduates also have the option to continue their education by transferring into an MSU bachelor degree program.

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  • 10 Cents a Meal

    10 Cents a Meal for Michigan’s Kids and Farms is a state-funded pilot program that matches what schools spend on Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes with grants of up to 10 cents per meal.

  • 2015 IIDA Competition: IM Circle Renovation

    This Campus Renovation project by Sara Kotarski, Sara Burns, Brooke Jesue and Alix Zysk was entered in the 2015 IIDA Dr. Virginia North Student Competition. The team received first prize for this project.

  • 2016 IIDA Competition: SIJI

    This luxury hotel restaurant/bar project by Anran Wang was entered in the 2016 IIDA Klise Manufacturing Student Competition. Wang received first place for this project.

  • 2016 IIDA Competition: The Beat

    This luxury hotel restaurant/bar project by Tina Alati was entered in the 2016 IIDA Klise Manufacturing Student Competition. Alati received honorable mention for this project.

  • 2019 Videos

    These are the videos from the 2019 Making it in Michigan Award Winners.

  • 2020 Horse Record Book

    2020 Horse Record Book

  • 2020 Two-Day Tax Seminar PowerPoint Slides

    PowerPoint slides from the 2020 Two-Day Tax Seminar PowerPoint Slides

  • 2020-21 FCWG Learning Exchange Series Upcoming Sessions

    Click on the sessions below to register:

  • 2021 Final Changes Webinar Support Materials

    Slides and support materials from the final changes webinar, January 2021

  • 2021 Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference

    Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference will take place on September 17 and 18, 2021 at Michigan State University.

  • 3-Dimensional Design Exploration Project: Lemon Shape

    The inspiration for this 3-dimensional design exploration project is a lemon.

  • 3-Dimensional Design Exploration Project: Stem Shape

    The inspiration for this 3-dimensional design exploration project is a stem.

  • 3-Dimensional Design Exploration Project: Tree Shape

    The inspiration for this 3-dimensional design exploration project is a tree.

  • 4-H

    Michigan 4-H is growing current and future leaders. The largest youth development organization in Michigan, 4-H provides more than 200,000 young people with experiential learning opportunities to explore new interests and discover their passion

  • 4-H Advisory Group Support

    Training and technical assistance for community and county 4-H advisory groups to help them provide high-quality and effective youth development programming consistent with Michigan 4-H policies and practices.

  • 4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp

    At 4-H Animal & Vet Science Camp, youth ages 13-17 explore the fields of animal and veterinary science and engage in interactive, hands-on learning. Attend for your chance to practice veterinary medicine, research zoonotic conditions and discover careers!

  • 4-H Animal Evaluation

    4-H animal evaluation allows young people to explore animal science by learning to evaluate livestock project animals such as beef cattle, sheep and swine.

  • 4-H Animal Science

    4-H livestock projects provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Arts

    Art activities, including music, dance, art, writing, theater, sewing, knitting, crafts, photography, videography, wood-working and more, allow young people to express their creative side while gaining valuable life skills and confidence in themselves.

  • 4-H Beef Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including beef, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Biological Science

    Youth explore the broad scope of biological science through real-life scenarios and educational opportunities about life and living processes. Topics vary widely from aquatic science to veterinary science.

  • 4-H Capacity Building for Youth Development Programs

    Tools and trainings for volunteer managers in youth development programs, youth development staff, and adult and teen volunteers who work with 4-H and other youth development programs.

  • 4-H Capitol Experience

    4-H Capitol Experience is an annual four-day conference that helps prepare youth for active citizenship by focusing on civic engagement and public policy.

  • 4-H Careers & Entrepreneurship

    4-H provides youth with hands-on opportunities to explore future careers and entrepreneurship while enhancing their financial literacy and developing important skills for the workforce.

  • 4-H China Project

    Conducted in cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, the Michigan 4-H China Project is a global education program that allows youth to explore another culture while communicating with their peers across the globe through visual letters.

  • 4-H Citizenship & Tribal Citizenship Academies

    High school-aged youth take a hands-on approach to learning about democracy at the local level by seeing firsthand how local, county and tribal governments work.

  • 4-H Clothing & Textiles

    Youth explore the world of wardrobes and fashion while learning the essentials of personal appearance, the importance of body image, and how to be a smart buyer.

  • 4-H Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

    Youth ages 5-7 aren’t quite ready to participate in many of the 4-H project areas and activities that older children can, but there’s still plenty for them to do in 4-H, starting with fun!

  • 4-H Communications

    Having great communications skills can make a big difference in life and work. In 4-H activities, you will have the opportunity to gain skills and confidence in areas such as public speaking, writing, visual communication, video and media.

  • 4-H Community Service & Service Learning

    Michigan 4-H offers an opportunity for youth to learn about community service and service learning. Service Learning focuses on learning and Community Service focuses more on serving.

  • 4-H Companion Animals

    4-H youth explore veterinary and animal science by engaging in projects with their pet and learning to feed, train and care for the animal.

  • 4-H Dairy Cattle Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including dairy, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Entomology

    If rare beetles or other insects are of interest, Michigan 4-H has a program for youth to become involved in. Whether observing, photographing or collecting insects there is plenty to explore when it comes to entomology.

  • 4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education

    Michigan 4-H environmental and outdoor education teaches youth about science and ecology, interrelationships and impacts, health, and positive outdoor experiences. As a result, youth learn to appreciate and respect the connection between people and nature.

  • 4-H Exploration Days

    This MSU precollege program welcomes youth ages 12-19 to explore their future, try new things and experience college life! During this three-day event, youth will gain confidence and independence through hands-on learning and make friends for a lifetime.

  • 4-H Folkpatterns

    Youth explore cultural traditions, history, traditional crafts, foods and their own heritage through 4-H folkpatterns.

  • 4-H Forestry Fun Camp

    A fun, interactive multi-day camp where youth learn to look at trees through a different lens. Hands-on activities help youth learn about forestry and forest management while exploring careers and earning digital badges.

  • 4-H Global & Cultural Education

    4-H offers a variety of opportunities for kids and adults to learn more about our global community and develop an appreciation for diverse perspectives and cultures.

  • 4-H Goat Production & Management

    4-H youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for dairy, meat and hair goat projects.

  • 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp

    Campers explore dunes, hike forest trails, wade through wetlands, fish, snorkel and sail on Lake Huron while educators and scientists teach them about the Great Lakes ecosystem.

  • 4-H Healthy U at MSU Camp

    Gain knowledge about nutrition, physical fitness and personal safety while having the opportunity to visit and explore MSU!

  • 4-H Healthy Youth

    Michigan 4-H Youth Development supports and empowers individuals, families and volunteers to help young people make proactive decisions about healthy lifestyles by offering resources and tools around nutrition, fitness and health in young people.

  • 4-H Horses & Ponies

    Youth explore veterinary and animal science by engaging in horse projects that develop life skills. Activities include showing, riding, educational contests, leadership opportunities, career exploration and judging; many do not require horse ownership.

  • 4-H International Exchange Programs

    Michigan 4-H offers youth and their families an opportunity to think globally, grow in their cultural awareness, and gain knowledge about the world through international exchange programs that include both hosting and travelling abroad.

  • 4-H Interstate Exchanges

    Visit another state to experience the lives of other 4-H members or host a 4-H'er in your own home. Through interstate exchanges, youth learn about communities and cultures different from their own and develop an appreciation for diversity.

  • 4-H Junior Citizen Planner

    Youth learn about making effective land-use decisions in their communities while addressing important subjects such as social studies, civics, geography, environmental science, land-use planning and land-use technology.

  • 4-H Leadership, Citizenship & Service

    Discover the many ways to get involved in your community and act locally through activities and events that develop leadership and citizenship skills. Youth gain the knowledge, skills and practical application needed to learn job skills and have fun.

  • 4-H Life Skills

    The goal of Michigan 4-H Youth Development is that every youth possess the necessary life skills to be successful. Life skills are a basic foundation that prepare youth for success in life.

  • 4-H Military Family Programs

    4-H provides predictable programming, helpful resources and a safe and nurturing environment for military kids who face frequent moves and experience the difficulties surrounding lengthy deployments.

  • 4-H Performing Arts

    Performing art activities allow young people to express their creative side while gaining valuable life skills and confidence in themselves.

  • 4-H Plants, Soils & Gardening

    4-H youth explore the broad scope of plant sciences through educational opportunities about crops, vegetables, horticulture and more. Participants learn about topics include weeds, crops, fruits, vegetables, gardening, horticulture, and agronomy.

  • 4-H Poultry Production & Management

    Youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for bird projects, including chickens, turkeys, ducks and others.

  • 4-H Proud Equestrians Program

    A therapeutic horseback riding program for people with disabilities that helps to improve balance, coordination, posture and muscle tone. Opportunities to participate exist for riders, volunteers, instructors and horse owners.

  • 4-H Rabbits & Cavies

    Youth explore veterinary and animal science by learning to feed, train and care for rabbit and cavy projects. This project area is especially great for youth in urban areas.

  • 4-H Renewable Energy Camp

    Youth ages 13-15 explore how Michigan’s abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy. This five day exploration camp allows youth to explore ideas, research and careers in the field of energy.

  • 4-H Resources

    These are some resources that are available through the MSU Extension office.

  • 4-H Scholarships & Applications

    Scholarships and Applications

  • 4-H Scholarships & Recognition Program

    The 4-H Scholarship and Recognition Program provides both youth participants and 4-H volunteers with recognition and rewards for their work in 4-H.

  • 4-H Science & Engineering

    Michigan 4-H science and engineering facilitates opportunities that encourage participants to make observations, ask questions, design solutions to problems, test ideas and discover answers while exploring and learning about their world.

  • 4-H Science Blast in the Class

    Science Blast in the Class is a great resource for teachers in the classroom, those working in after-school programs or as part of a club. The guide includes 13 hands-on lessons as well as support materials to enrich the learning process.

  • 4-H Sheep Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including sheep, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Shooting Sports

    In the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports program, members can learn safety and shooting techniques for shotgun, rifle, air pistol, muzzle loading and archery. They also learn how to handle firearms responsibly for target practice and hunting.

  • 4-H Smart Money Contests

    Join Michigan 4-H as we hold fun contests and workshops leading up to National Financial Literacy Month in April. Expand your knowledge and compete with other youth across Michigan to earn prizes in money management challenges.

  • 4-H Spartan Coding Camp

    A 4-day virtual camp that brings high-school aged youth together to develop valuable coding skills through hands-on learning.

  • 4-H SPIN Clubs

    A 4-H SPIN club is a special interest club where five or more young people get together to learn about a topic of interest. The SPIN club model provides increased flexibility in when and how long groups meet.

  • 4-H STEAM Corps

    4-H STEAM Corps is an AmeriCorps*State program that places members in counties across the state to provide science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) programming to local youth.

  • 4-H Swine Production & Management

    4-H livestock projects, including swine, provide great opportunities for youth to learn about animal and veterinary science, as well as animal production practices while gaining valuable life skills such as responsibility and record-keeping.

  • 4-H Tech Wizards

    With the guidance and support of caring, committed adult mentors, youth explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics through fun, hands-on projects in the 4-H Tech Wizards program.

  • 4-H Veterinary Science

    Explore the broad scope of veterinary medicine and animal health. In addition to learning valuable life skills, youth investigate topics such as medicine, animal health, zoonotic disease, animal management and nutrition.

  • 4-H Visual Arts

    Visual art activities allow young people to express their creative side while gaining valuable life skills and self-confidence.

  • 4-H Volunteer Training Workshops

    4-H volunteers are a valuable part of the 4-H program. To help them make a difference in the lives of the youth they serve, volunteers are invited to take part in workshops and trainings offered by knowledgeable MSU Extension staff.

  • 4-H Volunteering & Mentoring

    Supporting the thousands of Michigan 4-H youth across the state are more than 17,000 caring adult volunteers who give their time to the program annually.

  • 4-H Youth Entrepreneurship

    Youth are filled with creative and passionate ideas that can easily become business ventures. With 4-H, they can learn how to cultivate these ideas, develop a business plan, operate a business and much more.

  • 4-H Youth Mentoring

    Young people are matched with a trained, caring mentor who provides friendship and support to help them navigate life and make healthy life choices.

  • 4-H Youth Money Management

    4-H offers many opportunities for young people to learn about personal finance, including fund-raising for their club or a community service project, participating in clubs dedicated to investment, and selling their own market animal at the fair.

  • 4-H Youth-Adult Partnerships

    Incorporate young people into governance and decision-making processes with resources that help build and sustain youth-adult partnerships - a great way to couple youth enthusiasm and fresh perspectives with adult wisdom and experience.

  • A Matter of Balance

    Falling doesn't have to be a part of aging. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.

  • A Mile in My Shoes

    Michigan State University (MSU) developed the new virtual reality (VR) application, A Mile in My Shoes, to help individuals recognize unconscious bias through different real-world situations.

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  • About

    In the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students use science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business and creative design to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems related to food, health and the environment.

  • About ANR Awards

    Each year, CANR recognizes outstanding contributions by alumni, faculty and partners.

  • Abstract Submissions

    Now accepting abstract submissions

  • Academics

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources provides students an academically challenging environment where they put their knowledge into practice on campus, in Michigan and around the globe.

  • Account and Computer Management

    If you are a new employee to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or MSU Extension, you will receive an ANR account for work-related business including email, calendar, and collaboration services.

  • Adulting 101

    Adulting 101 programming allows adults and young adults to gain skills and knowledge of useful information that will help them be successful in an everchanging world.

  • Advanced Facilitative Leadership

    Advanced Facilitative Leadership is an experiential workshop focused on deepening and enhancing facilitation skills targeted at those who facilitate groups around “high-heat” issues. Completion of Facilitative Leadership is a pre-requisite for attending.

  • Advantages of Domestic Species As Dual Purpose Models

    To highlight the advantages of domestic species as novel comparative animal models

  • AFRE Voices

    Reflections, reactions, and updates from the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics' faculty members and graduate students.

  • AFRE Weekly Seminars

    AFRE Weekly Seminars

  • AgBioResearch

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists conduct innovative research in the areas of food, energy and the environment.

  • Agenda

    Conference Schedule

  • Aging

    Individuals over the age of 65 have an average of two or more chronic conditions. MSU Extension aims to educate Michigan residents on lifestyle choices so as they age, they have a stronger health and are able to manage any health conditions that may arise.

  • AGLC

    AGLC dataset