Enrollment opens for K-State's 2009-2010 MAST Program
Kansas State University's Management, Analysis and Strategic Thinking program, also known as the MAST program, is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 class.
MAST is designed to enhance management skills and provide new decision-making tools and strategic planning strategies for agricultural producers--all with the goal of increasing profits, said Alicia Goheen, MAST program coordinator. The program is based in K-State's Department of Agricultural Economics.
This year's program starts with a two-day on-campus orientation Nov. 16 to 17, where participants meet one another, as well as program administrators and faculty who teach the online modules. After the orientation, participants return home to work on the modules on their own time.
"This allows MAST students to work their way through the material when it's most convenient for them--whether that's first thing in the morning or in the evening after other farm chores and family events are finished," Goheen said.
The modules, taught by K-State Department of Agricultural Economics faculty, cover such topics as land, machinery, financial analysis, human resources, tax and policy, risk management and marketing.
This year's program will end with a second on-campus visit Feb. 23 to 24, 2010, where class members will provide feedback and participate in a graduation ceremony.
Previous MAST participants have come from a wide range of agricultural operations--and from different states, Goheen said.
"Once participants complete the program, they become part of a lifelong learning community dedicated to achieving the best business results in agriculture," she added. "MAST seminars are held in January for MAST alumni so they can continue to network with other MAST alumni and K-State faculty as well as continue learning."
The cost of tuition in the 2009-2010 MAST program is $1,250 per person or $1,100 per person if two or more participate from the same business. More information is available on the MAST website: http://www.agmanager.info/MAST/ or by contacting Goheen at 785-532-4434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Credit Associations of Kansas are offering partial scholarships for its members. More information is available by contacting a local Farm Credit Association office or Goheen.