In collaboration with the Rodale Institute, Delaware Valley College (DelVal) offers a 36-credit certificate program specifically designed for military veterans interested in organic farming.
The one-year program incorporates classroom courses on animal science, marketing, plant disease diagnosis and entomology during the fall and spring semesters on the DelVal campus. During the summer semester, students take classes and get hands-on experience at the Rodale Institute. Fall and spring academic schedules are flexible and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis, but students must enroll in all three courses as scheduled in the summer term at the Rodale Institute.
Participants who complete the program leave with the knowledge and experience necessary to run an organic farm or work for an organic operation. The program offers assistance with job placement and developing business plans so that graduates are can move right into rewarding careers in organic agriculture.
DelVal is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School. Veterans who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill will have up to 100% of their tuition paid by their GI Bill, in addition to receiving funds for living expenses and books while completing the program. Students are mostly military veterans, but the program is open to non-veterans who are willing to cover the full cost of the tuition.