Chesapeake College Profiles: Nicole Fiorellino Leads First AAS Degree for Ag in Maryland


It seems somewhat incredible that it took a community college in Maryland 70 years before it started offering an AA degree in agriculture. Starting with Hagerstown Community College in 1946, the 16 post-secondary centers of learning have earning national fame for their invocation and high levels of success in the training of almost every possible professional career option with the exception of the business of farming.

The good news is that this somewhat glaring gap will finally be filled by the Mid-Shore’s Chesapeake College this fall.

After a few years reaching out to family farms and the general ag community to learn first-hand what a 21st Century farmer needs to know to thrive in food production, Chesapeake hired Dr. Nicole Fiorellino to create the first ever AAS degree program this spring.

In her Spy interview, Dr. Fiorellino, who resides with her husband on a dairy farm in Kent County, talks about the challenge and the excitement that comes with starting a new program. She also speaks of the new curriculum that is being offered to approximately twenty-five students starting in the fall.

This video is five approximately minutes in length. For more information about the Chesapeake College’s Agriculture Degree Program please go here

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