Nationwide, thousands of students seek to enter each year into physical therapy programs. In fact, more students apply for admission to Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs than to admission to medical school in the United States. This makes competition for admission extremely competitive. Most schools accept ten percent or less of qualified applicants.
Owen Thomason is the course developer and chair for the Diversified Agriculture program at Emmanuel College. Mr. Thomason holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agriculture Education from the University of Georgia, as well as an Education Specialist advanced degree from Clemson University. He has 31 years of teaching experience and is well known throughout the Southeast agriscience community.He is a member of the National FFA, National Young Farmer’s Association, and a member at Tom’s Creek Baptist Church, among other distinguished organizations.
This week’s faculty/staff spotlight is Lucinda James. Most people see their job as just that. But in Mrs. James's case, she came Emmanuel College with a mission in mind.
Before coming to Emmanuel as an employee, Mrs. James and her husband, Tim, were pastoring Daniel Tabernacle in Royston, Ga. However, they were not living in this area at the time, so they drove from Atlanta to Royston every Tuesday and Sunday to carry out the mission God had for them in this area.
This week’s faculty spotlight is professor and newly published author, Dr. Keith Marriner. Dr. Marriner is an adjunct professor in the School of Christian Ministries as well as an editor and writer for One Accord Resources, a publication of LifeSprings Resources.
Like our previous faculty spotlight, Dr. Marriner came to Emmanuel as a student. Although he grew up in the church, surrounded by a ministry lifestyle, Dr. Marriner wanted to take a different path. However, God began to show him differently.
Clint Ross, Instructor of Digital Media Production and Film Director, is our faculty/staff spotlight this week. Unlike some instructors, Ross’s journey with Emmanuel began as a student.
Although he was older than the other students when he started classes at Emmanuel, that did not keep him from getting involved.
Earlier this week, Christian Universities Online published their annual list of Top 25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South, with Emmanuel College coming in at #10.
Earlier this month, Emmanuel College President Dr. Ron White spoke with Kaleigh Bishop from the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) on the difference between secular universities and Christ-Centered Colleges and what makes Emmanuel College both unique and attractive to incoming students.
When asked what the main obstacle college students face in today’s world, President White answered that he is concerned about what young people are learning, believing, and taking with them as they move to adulthood.
Why a Degree in Diversified Agriculture?
Emmanuel's Diversified Agriculture Department offers students the opportunity to explore, gain hands on experiences, and develop into agriculture leaders and contributors to the number one industry in the state of Georgia-Agriculture. Agribusiness has an economic impact of over $70 billion dollars in Georgia and even more in surrounding states. Sixteen percent of Georgia’s employment base is in Agriculture. Our degree program in the field of Agriculture helps students form partnerships with Agriculture professionals, develop networking opportunities with agricultural policy makers, and secure potential employment opportunities through internships. There are over 235 different jobs in the agriculture industry and our Diversified degree will enable students to be eligible for over 150 them.
Emmanuel College is one of the few colleges in the United States to offer this unique degree. The 45-acre Diversified Agriculture Teaching and Learning Center on campus houses numerous opportunities for our students to gain experience in:
- Greenhouse Operation
- Aquaculture and Aquaponics
- Livestock and Poultry Management
- Crop Production
Each of our graduates are required to complete an agriculture internship, research project, and agriculture service activity. Our goal is that students will have the hands on knowledge of agriculture production to supplement an outstanding academic program and become industry leaders.
Diversvied Agriculture Degree and Concentrations
When earning a BS in Diversified Agriculture at Emmanuel, you choose one of the following concentrations:
The Agriculture Department is thrilled that you are considering Emmanuel College for your post-secondary education. This is an exciting time for Emmanuel College as we begin a new program for those interested in Agriculture. The Diversified Agriculture Degree will offer students the opportunity to explore, gain hands on experiences and develop into agriculture leaders and contributors to the number one industry in the Georgia- Agriculture. With over 60,000 jobs available to college graduates each year in the Agriculture industry, this is a great time to begin a career in Agriculture. Students can choose from one of three concentration areas; Agricultural Business, Agricultural Science and Agricultural Missions. Each concentration will provide graduates with the skill set to enter the job market with confidence. Those in the business concentration can become active employees in agriculture banking, insurance, sales or marketing. If you are interested in working in the livestock or plant industry at any level the agricultural science concentration will provide you with the foundation. Agricultural missions prepare students with the technical and hands on experience it takes to travel around the world training and supporting people while sharing their faith. Emmanuel College is one of the few colleges in the United States to offer this unique degree. Our Teaching and Learning Center on campus has numerous opportunities for students to gain experience in greenhouse operation, aquaculture and aquaponics, livestock and poultry management and crop production. Every graduate will complete an agriculture internship, research project and agriculture service. Our goal is that our students will have the hands on knowledge of agriculture production to supplement an outstanding academic program.
Students will also have the opportunity to continue participating and supporting FFA through the Collegiate FFA organization. The group provides professional development opportunities helping students get an edge in today’s job market.
Please take time to review our information on the website. We are always available to answer your questions. If you are interested in an on-site visit or need more information, please contact me at (706)-245-7226 or email email@example.com.
Owen Thomason, Department Chair, Associate Professor, Agriculture