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Business Partners offer real world insight for agriculture career pathways

April 20, 2017 | Filed in Archive
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Robbie Dykert (center) tells the students to expect the unexpected in the day-to-day life on a farm during a Pathway Panel Discussion at Ag PTECH.

While only in our first year, Ag PTECH continues to expand its business partnerships within the surrounding communities. Pathway Panel Discussions, featuring area business partners, help expose students to Ag PTECH’s nine career pathways as early as their first year. Panelists offer insight into what a typical day on the job looks like in each particular job field, specifically telling students what they are looking for in a future employee. There are three remaining pathway panel discussions in the months to come including Agricultural Business, Environmental Studies and Fisheries and Wildlife.
Business partners also regularly come to the school to serve as guest judges for first-year student presentations. Guest judges offer constructive feedback to the students during presentations, and serve as mentors to help guide the students during the project.
In their second year, students have the opportunity to be mentored by our business partners. Every six weeks, a pair of mentors will meet with a group of 4-5 students for about an hour to discuss and learn about diverse topics, from professional skills and effective communication on the job to mock interviews to prepare students for success.
Being a business partner is a great opportunity to help build the future of the region. Contact Business and Education Partnership Coordinator Nicole Walrath for information on ways to partner with Ag PTECH at