In honor of National Ag Day/Week, the West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) is partnering with Aims Community College on Thursday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. to host their first FREE: Ag Career Exploration Workshop in the Cornerstone Building on the Greeley Campus, 5401 W. 20th St. They hope to engage with high school freshmen through college age students.
They will be serving lunch so registration to this free educational experience is requested by 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. Go to http://bit.ly/exploreAg to sign-up. If you have any dietary special needs – vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, please note in the comments box at the bottom of the form.
In November WGCD reached-out to all the high school Ag programs within their District service boundaries and asked the AgScience teachers and students to highlight the top 7 careers the students were the most interested and curious about. Then they totaled all the votes and selected the top 10 areas and went to work recruiting professionals in those career fields to come and visit with the students. The storm, spring breaks, calving season, and preparing to plant makes this time of year extremely busy. When these experts were asked if they would come and share information about their education and training, what a snapshot of an average week looks like in their work life and to explain why they are passionate about what they do with youth who will most likely be the future of agriculture – they made time to participate. We are delighted with the scope of information that will be shared on the 21st.
The program schedule includes:
9:15- 9:30 a.m. Welcome / Check-in / Find a table
9:30-10:05 a.m. Aims 101 Overview of Educational Opportunities
Jody Margheim, Aims – Director of Admissions Advising & Recruitment
10:15-10:35 a.m. Ag Educator / FFA Advisor
Jarrod Bessire, Highland H.S. – AgriScience Teacher & FFA Advisor
10:45-11:20 a.m. Tractor Mechanics / Hydraulics / Welding
Charles Ticheli, Wickham Tractor Company – Corporate Service Manager
11:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Herd Management / A.I. Breeding / Nutrition
Kevin Miller, Croissant Red Angus, Owner
12:15 – 12:50 p.m. Precision Ag
Nick Guadagnoli, 4Rivers Equipment – Technology Solutions Manager
1-1:25 p.m. Lunch Program: Herd Health / Large Animal Veterinarian
Hannah Klein, DVM High Plains Cattle Supply – Managing Veterinarian
Please let any 14-24-year-old know about this opportunity if he or she is considering a future in agriculture. Educators and parents are also invited. There are breaks after each presentation to provide an opportunity for questions. There will be resource tables to visit.
Questions – contact Kristi at WGCD, 970-534-2320