SCC Ag Students Come Out for Career Fair

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An employer talks with SCC student, Tara Riensche, of Blue Springs.
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Carlie Shuck, Blue Springs, and other students listen to prospective employers.

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 more information.”

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.

Shirley Huttenmaier, 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 Beatrice.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher Haggar
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
ahaggar@southeast.edu