The University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff have entered an agreement in hopes of filling a need for more graduates in the poultry industry. A ceremony was held September 13, where a memorandum of understanding between the two universities was signed.

The "3+1 course curriculum" collaboration allows agriculture majors with an animal science option at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to take poultry science classes at the University of Arkansas during their senior year. Those courses will be recognized by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and will count toward degree requirements there. At the same time, those same students will earn a poultry science undergraduate certificate of excellence from the University of Arkansas. Completion of the certificate requires 26 to 28 hours of poultry science credit.

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"This is something the poultry industry has been asking for and we're happy to be in a position to help make this happen," said Mike Kidd, head of the poultry science department at the University of Arkansas. "There are currently more jobs available in the poultry industry than the poultry science departments across the country can fill. In reality, this is a partnership between the two universities and the poultry industry. In order to meet industry needs, we're going to get creative and do things like this."

Several representatives from the poultry industry attended the signing ceremony.