DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is changing its two-year degree programs to re-focus on agriculture and respond to evolving workforce needs.

Officials recently completed a four-year review of the Thompson School of Applied Science, which has been offering two-year associate degree programs for 125 years. Three programs — forest technology, animal science focused on livestock and large animal veterinary technology — will be integrated more closely with four-year degree programs, while four other programs will be dropped after 2019.

The school also plans to offer a professional development and training academy that will award short-term certificates meeting demands from employers for specific career skills.

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