Agricultural Education Sneak Preview Day for high school students in grades 9-12 was held Monday, November 18, 2013.
The half-day event educated students about the degree programs and job opportunities connected to the Teacher Licensure and Communication & Leadership tracks within the Ag Ed major. Eighteen students came to learn about the admissions process, scholarships, and deadlines. They chatted with current University of Minnesota students including Rebecca Groos, Vinz Karl, Steph Kasper, Abby Shea, and Maria Wingert about organizations, internships, courses, study abroad options and college life.
Professionals on the career panel, including Sarah Dornink, Executive Director for MAELC, Sue Knott, Education Specialist with Minnesota Ag in the Classroom, and Christian Lilienthal from University of Minnesota Extension illustrated how their passion for agricultural education has led them in many directions throughout their lives.
Students also joined a college course – AFEE 2421: Professional Communication for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment – to participate in class discussion activities and interact with current CFANS students, led by faculty member Dr. Rebecca Swenson.
“I liked how the students came to understand more about the Agricultural Education program and the U as a whole. It was a great way to get them to better understand what life would be like here,” Vinz Karl, Junior, explained.
Junior Abby Shea said her sessions went well and the students were very attentive and eager to hear more about the Ag Ed program. “I only wish that I could have had more time to talk with all of them!” she said. Senior Rebecca Groos shared all the opportunities the Ag Ed Club has to offer, “I thought it was good to get potential future students involved in small group talks.”