The Institute of Agricultural Technology is celebrating 125 years of agricultural training at what is now Michigan State University.
In 1894, when MSU was called State Agricultural College, 23 students were enrolled in the first short course classes.
They were learning about dairy management, how to care for cattle, processing raw milk and making butter. Short courses were offered during the fall and winter, right in between crop harvesting and planting.
Today, close to 500 students are enrolled in 13 different programs in East Lansing as well as locations like Traverse City and in the Upper Peninsula.