By Hannah Kleckner, National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Reporter
For many high school students, graduation comes as a bittersweet time that eventually leads to hanging up the blue jacket, for good. However, graduation doesn’t necessarily have to signal the closure of your FFA involvement. In fact, Collegiate FFA and National FFA Alumni Association programs continue to offer college-bound members even more opportunities to establish connections for their futures.
At the National FFA Convention & Expo’s Collegiate and Alumni Career Fair, current FFA, collegiate and alumni members alike have the opportunity to connect with representatives from more than 20 leading businesses and organizations looking to fill internships and full-time positions.
“From a college-student perspective, it is really great to see companies wanting to talk to both high school and college students,” says Jillian Gordon, a senior at Pennsylvania State University.
“Having these industry leaders involved with events like the National FFA Convention & Expo allows high school students to establish relationships that, three years down the road, they will be able to revisit and utilize in order to jump-start their careers.”
Lindsey Calhoun, event coordinator with the National FFA Organization, hopes that students will continue to take advantage of these post-secondary opportunities.
“We are really trying to get more students involved with the Collegiate FFA programs,” says Calhoun. “There are so many opportunities available for both high school and college students through Collegiate FFA and the national FFA, and the career fair is a great way to generate awareness of these programs and establish connections with industry professionals.”
In addition to the Collegiate and Alumni Career Fair, more than 450 exhibitors and 120 colleges and universities will be in attendance at the expo, allowing students to discover numerous agricultural careers and explore post-secondary job training and education opportunities.
Eight distinct career pathways are highlighted throughout the expo, allowing FFA members to focus on their specific areas of interest.
The Collegiate FFA works to enhance the collegiate experience through service and engagement to create premier leaders, enable personal growth and ensure career success. To learn more about the Collegiate FFA programs and opportunities available, visit http://www.ffa.org/collegiate.
Hannah Kleckner of Annville, Pa., is a former FFA member in her senior year at Penn State studying agricultural communications. Follow Hannah on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hannah-kleckner/7b/733/68.