- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - One of the Midwest’s largest two-year degree programs to prepare students for jobs in the horse industry is closing.

Kirkwood Community College announced Monday that it would accept no new applications for its horse science credit program, citing low job placement rates among graduates.

School officials told current students that they will be able to finish program classes by spring 2016. Horse-related classes will still be offered at the Iowa Equestrian Center through Kirkwood’s continuing education division.

The program was meant to prepare students for a variety of jobs in the equine industry, such as stable managers, horse dealers and groomers.

But Kirkwood said that of 26 graduates over three years, only 15 are known to be working as a rider, a horse trainer or as a stable worker.

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