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Christian County 4-H Ag Career Exploration Day held at Kehias Arboretum
April 6, 2017
PANA, Ill. – Christian County 4-H held its second annual Ag Career Day for high school aged 4-H or agriculture students on Friday, March 31. The expo was held at the picturesque hilltop farm of Linda Kehias, located on Route 16 west of Pana, IL. Participating high schools included Central A&M, Edinburg, Morrisonville, and Pana.
The event helped young people discover the vast array of jobs available in Agriculture and allowed them to explore related careers. Presenters talked about their personal career path, educational requirements, and what a typical day is like in their field. Speakers included Linda Kehais, owner of Kehias Arboretum and retired educator, Karen Jones Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist of GROWMARK; Jared White of Agriculture Broadcaster with Miller Media Group; Caleb Corzine owner of C & T Pork and Land, Corz Enterprises Trucking and Excavation; Sharon Carlson Manager of Legacy Grain Coop - Moweaqua; Lisa Peterson of University of Illinois Extension – Food & Nutrition Educator; Andrea Coffman ADM – Environmental Manger at Oilseeds North America; Darin Hennings Seed Specialist, CCA with Christian County FS; Gary Letterly of University of Illinois Extension – Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator, and Alicia Gullidge of University of Illinois Extension – Christian County 4-H & Youth Program Coordinator.
Many of the speakers emphasized to the students the importance of choosing a profession that excited them. Karen Jones, Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist with GROWMARK, advised students, “Get your foot in the door with a company you want to work form. You often have to initially take a job that isn’t your dream one to get to where you ultimately want to go.” She also added, “Be flexible and willing to change directions if you discover something isn’t for you. Try to do so soon rather than later though.”
Christian County 4-H & Youth Development Program Coordinator, Alicia Gullidge said, “The purpose of Ag Career Day is to spark interest in students about possible future careers. What sounds exciting? What profession could they see themselves doing? Also, to help students consider what education they will need – do they need two years or four years of college, or can they start right out of high school?”
Lunch was donated by GROWMARK and students were able to take home packets with information. Alicia Gullidge, Christian County 4-H & Youth Development Program Coordinator and Gary Letterly, Extension Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator, coordinated the event. For more information about 4-H, please contact Alicia Gullidge at the Christian County Extension office in Taylorville at 217-287-7246.
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Photo: High school students interested in a career in agriculture from Central A&M, Edinburg, Morrisonville, and Pana schools attended the 4-H Ag Career Day, held at the Kehias Arboretum in Pana. Picture with the students are speakers: Caleb Corzine owner of C & T Pork and Land, Corz Enterprises Trucking and Excavation; Karen Jones Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist of GROWMARK; Gary Letterly of U of I Extension – Energy and Environmental Stewardship Educator; Linda Kehais, owner of Kehias Arboretum and retired educator; Alicia Gullidge of U of I Extension – Christian County 4-H Program Coordinator; Sharon Carlson Manager of Legacy Grain Coop - Moweaqua; Lisa Peterson of University of Illinois Extension – Food & Nutrition Educator; Andrea Coffman ADM - Environmental Manger at Oilseeds North America; and Jared White of Agriculture Broadcaster with Miller Media Group.