Mitchell celebrates Agribusiness groundbreaking

Mitchell Community College administration, dignitaries and friends of the college celebrated the groundbreaking for Mitchell’s new Agribusiness (Agricultural Business) Building on Friday, June 8.


Funded by the 2016 Connect NC state bond, this new construction will provide a multi-functional space for Agribusiness Systems classroom and lab use, expanding the capabilities of the program. The building will be located at the Urban Farm on the Continuing Education Center’s Drake Street property. Construction on the building is projected to be completed before spring 2019 with the building fully opening to students for the Fall 2019 semester.


The Agribusiness Systems curriculum are designed to provide the entrepreneurial and technical skills necessary to manage a profitable, environmentally sound, community-based small farm or agricultural business. The objective is the development of a workforce knowledgeable in sustainable agriculture practices. Students will learn the fundamentals of agriculture, focusing on crop production and business. Emphasis is placed on entrepreneurial and field training. Students will also learn the basic principles of our economic system and government policies and programs relating to agriculture. Graduates should qualify for a variety of jobs in agricultural businesses such as equipment, feed, and agricultural supply sales; store management; farm operations; wholesale and retail produce management; nursery operations; and environmental and agricultural education. For more information on Agribusiness Systems programs at Mitchell, contact Amy Poirier, program coordinator at (704) 878-3333 or


Pictured above: (L-R) Marvin Norman, Iredell County Commissioner; James Mallory, Iredell County Commissioner; Dr. Jackie Grigg, Mitchell Trustee; Dr. Tim Brewer, Mitchell President; Leigh Whitfield, Mitchell Trustee; Dr. Steve Hill, Mitchell Trustee; Jonathan Byers, Sr., Mitchell Trustee; Costi Kutteh, Mayor of Statesville; Kevin Smith, Mitchell Trustee