Professor Tom Colarossi joins Dordt College Pro-Tech program
- Posted Monday, June 26, 2017
Tom Colarossi has been hired as Dordt College’s first professor for farm operations and management for the new Pro-Tech program.
“The Pro-Tech program is very unique,” said Colarossi. “There are students who believe their calling is to work to produce food and care for animals and the land; this program fits a window that no other Christian schools have.”
Colarossi hopes to bring in aspects from his own education, which was heavily vocational. He is eager to help students see how their education and faith are integrated, not separate.
“At Dordt, our faith in Christ is the foundation for everything we do. We cannot separate our faith from education or service in agriculture,” Colarossi said. “And the college expects its faculty to teach that way, to shepherd students.”
Colarossi attended California State Polytechnic University, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy with a minor in soil science in 1989. He owns his own trucking company and farm and has experience in plant breeding, soil sampling, crop maintenance, equipment operations, and agronomy. In the past, Colarossi has taught vocational agriculture for the Lumberton (Mississippi) School District.
Dordt’s Pro-Tech program offers Associate of Science degrees in manufacturing technology and farm operations and management. The program engages students with hands-on work related to their field of study and prepares them for the work force through a series of five internships.
For more information, visit www.dordt.edu/pro-tech/colarossi.