On January 19, Calvary Church played host to multiple businesses and colleges for the Agriculture College and Career Fair. The fair gave students in middle school and high school the opportunity to speak with representatives from colleges, small businesses, and local corporations about education and careers involved with agriculture. In total, about five hundred students took advantage of what the fair had to offer.
Jake Daufeldt, who was one of the people manning the Monsanto booth, said it was important for Monsanto to be at this career fair to help get their name out there, but also to offer a variety of student opportunities in multiple areas of study. They have engineers, marketing, computer science, law, food science, and so much more. Stacy Cook, who was also helping at the Monsanto booth, said that they are always looking for individuals who are the best at what they do. This includes considering people for positions typically associated with ag fields. They like to fit the right person for the job. Being at the career fair was important so they could plant the seed early on with local youth. It is never too early to start thinking about the future.
Tasha Phillips, who works with Muscatine Power and Water, also had a booth for this event. She said it was important as a local company to have representatives at such events, and they are always looking for local individuals to fill multiple roles within the company.
Aside from all of the local corporations and businesses involved with the fair, there were also representatives from several colleges present. Reps came from Hamilton tech, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, and Iowa State University. Josh Michel, who works with the Iowa State Research Farm, was there to help promote the programs they have to offer. Any student with the desire to learn is welcome to check out what opportunities Iowa State may hold. Erin Nelson, who works in admissions and recruiting, is able to point out the right program to fit student needs.
Several of the students attending the event were willing to talk about their plans. Dalton Peterson is a high school senior hoping to find colleges that offer the career he is leaning towards. Dalton judges livestock and wants to go into a field involving livestock medicine.
Tyler Moeler, a junior in high school, has been involved in ag since sixth grade. He would to study ag law. He found lots of opportunities at the fair to talk with colleges that offer just what he is looking for.
Dailyn Garret is a high school freshman who has been involved in FFA for two years and involved in ag for many years before that. She is on the county council team and helps speak at events about awards. She also shows livestock. The fair was the perfect place for her to learn about all of the career choices that would suit her interests.
Ashley Wiebe Is a full-time middle school ag teacher and is also involved with the high school FFA. She said that it is important for students to realize what kind of opportunities they have for the future, and she has noticed that there is lots of interest in the agriculture field.
It was easy to see that students had ample resources to choose from, with the rows and rows of booths set up ready to hand their eager minds information to set them on the right track towards their career. It seems all one needs to get information in the ag field is to just pick up the phone. With all the businesses and colleges available to help them fulfill their career goals, local ag students can look forward to a bright future.