VIDEO & STORY — Professionals in a variety of careers related to agriculture attended the College and Career Fair organized by the Smyrna FFA Chapter during National FFA Week.
Usually, students have to search for good jobs, but on Feb. 22, the jobs came right to the students in the Smyrna High School FFA program.
Professionals in a variety of careers related to agriculture attended the College and Career Fair organized by the Smyrna FFA Chapter at the high school during National FFA Week.
Students had the chance to ask questions to representatives from government agencies like the Department of Agriculture and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and businesses like Ronny’s Garden World, Hoober Equipment and Brenford Animal Hospital.
Delaware Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kenny Bounds discussed careers with students and toured the Smyrna High agricultural science classrooms.
“This is an opportunity for students to talk to employers and discover opportunities in the agriculture industry,” said Smyrna High teacher and FFA advisor Keith Shane. “They can learn about careers that interest them, and the education and training they’ll need.”
Smyrna FFA President Ryan Wheatley said the event is a great opportunity for FFA members to learn about the wide variety of jobs and companies in the agriculture industry.
“Students can build connections and relationships with these companies and help find a career that the student is interested in,” said Wheatley. “The colleges that attend help provide the students with an opportunity to further their education in agriculture and help prepare them for the career that interests them.”
He said the College and Career Day programs at Smyrna High have been an eye-opener.
“With the major advancements in agriculture today there are job opportunities in many different agriculture fields, and getting a college degree in the agriculture industry can provide you with endless job and career opportunities,” Wheatley said.
The Smyrna FFA is the largest high school FFA chapter in the State of Delaware with a total of 467 students enrolled in agricultural education courses.