A Note from Karen Jones, AGCM '04
In today’s connected and media-heavy world, good communicators are more important than ever. Combining those skills with a strong knowledge of modern agriculture means an Ag Communications degree is a solid choice.
But if you’re like me, you’ve had to explain more than once exactly what a degree in Ag Communications means.
Recently, enrollment in the Agricultural Communications program have been lower than desired, even when there is high demand for graduates of the program. Nearly 100 percent of Spring 2015 graduates had multiple full-time employment offers before graduation.
To assist in raising awareness of the program, a group of alumni have organized to serve as a real-world resource for high school and community college students interested in learning more.
The Awareness Committee has set two goals for outreach this year. The first is to make personal presentations at five select community colleges in the state – Blackhawk College, Illinois Central College, Joliet Junior College, Kaskaskia College, and Parkland College. These schools were chosen based on size, location, and past efforts to transfer students into the Ag Comm program.
The other goal is to reach out with a personal contact to the remaining community colleges in the state that have transfer agreements with the College of ACES to educate advisors on the Ag Comm program and offer more information to any interested students.
The Awareness Committee has members able to make many of these contacts, but we are always glad for any additional help from alumni. If you are living or working near one of the five target schools, and would like to volunteer to help, please contact me. We have an up-to-date, turnkey PowerPoint you may use as the basis for your presentation. Sharing your own experiences is also an invaluable opportunity to show what doors this degree can open for young people.
For more information, or to volunteer to assist, please contact Karen Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-369-4632.