Through interaction with recent Ivy Tech Community College alumni, area high school students were better able to see themselves at work in a wide range of agricultural careers during the 3rd annual Ag Expo on April 26 at Ivy Tech’s Center for Workforce Development.
More than 100 students from as far away as Bloomington, Cayuga, Clay City and Bloomfield, met with alumni currently working in a host of agricultural careers including agriculture inputs, equipment, and sales, poultry and seed production, horticulture and small scale farming. Students also learned about all of the extension programs and careers available through Purdue Extension.
"Ag teachers tell us that it’s hard for them to truly convey all the varied opportunities that exist for their students,” said John Rosene, agriculture program chair. “At this event, students learn how the professionals got the job, what sort of qualifications were needed and what education was necessary for them to be hired in that field."
"Students can start to envision themselves in this kind of career,” said Rosene. “If they can identify with someone who’s doing the work, they can better see the path to get there."
The Wabash Valley region is one of six Ivy Tech agricultural programs in the state and features Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Sciences degrees. These degrees prepare students for a wide range of agricultural careers or to continue on to a baccalaureate degree program. The US Department of Labor projects a 10% increase in agricultural jobs by 2020.
Ivy Tech is enrolling now for summer and fall classes. Summer classes start May 28 with fall classes starting August 19. Those interested in agriculture should contact John Rosene at 812-298-2202 or 800-377-4882, ext. 2202.