Southeast Community College
students looking for jobs and internships in the field of agriculture had many
options to choose from in Beatrice on Wednesday at the 6th Annual
Agricultural Career Fair.
“I want to show students the
different variety of jobs we have,” said Paula Newlin, a recruiter for Farmway
Co-op in Kansas. “I want to open their eyes and show them they don’t have to
look in just one field, there are so many different areas.”
Around 40 employers set up
booths inside the Truman Center gym, along with a handful of colleges and
universities. Every student in the Agriculture Business & Management Technology program was encouraged to attend the career fair to get more
information about future careers. There also were small break-out sessions
where employers told students about resumes and interview etiquette.
Tara Riensche is a first-year
agri-business student from Blue Springs. She’s not quite sure what she wants to
do with an Ag degree, but is keeping an open mind.
“My focus is Ag business, so
possibly looking at seed sales,” she said. “Today I’m basically looking for
Carli Shuck grew up on a
family farm in Edgar and wants to continue working in the field, possibly
something in crops, she said. Brooke Wehrbein of Burchard also wants to stay in
the family farming business.
“I grew up in a second-generation
family farm,” she said. “It was a cattle farm, so I’d like to do something a
little different, possibly a hog facility.”
Julia Francis of Nebraska
City also wants to work in livestock production.
“I’ve showed sheep my whole
life and want to do something with sheep and goats,” Francis said. “My dream
job is something where I can move around.” Francis will do an internship next
summer and hopes to go somewhere like Texas or Oklahoma.
Sarah Heller-Glen works with
Cargill in Schuyler and wants to recruit interns and retain them for jobs later
on. She says Cargill employs 145,000 people around the world, including 2,200
at the Schuyler location. She said 5,200 head of cattle come through the
Schuyler facility each day.
“Cows come in live and go out
in a box at our location,” she said.
placement specialist on SCC’s Beatrice Campus, is one of the organizers of the
career fair. She says it’s important for students to have this face-to-face
interaction with potential employers.
“Those that are serious about
it (job hunting) are taking the time to talk to employers,” she said. “Some of
them even did research ahead of time and got recommendations from instructors.”
There are approximately 270
students in the Agriculture Business & Management Technology program in