FARMS Leadership Monterey/Santa Cruz Kick Off

FARMS Leadership Kick Off Invitation

FARMS Leadership | Monterey Santa Cruz | September 24, 2018

Hartnell College Alisal Campus – 1752 East Alisal Street, Salinas CA 93905

Industry Partners in Attendance:
Clint Cowden – Hartnell College Dean
Dennis Lane – Trical Inc.
Megan Baker – Monterey County Resource Conservation District

Theme: Welcome to FARMS Leadership 2018

Summary of the Event:
FARMS Leadership is a competitive program requiring students to apply and interview before being selected to participate. Only a handful of students are selected from each of the participating schools in Monterey and Santa Cruz County.

Everett Alvarez HS
Gonzales HS
North Salinas HS
Soledad HS
Watsonville HS

To celebrate the students who made it into the 2018 FARMS Leadership Cohort, we have a Kick Off Party. Teachers, parents and partners are invited to meet the students and hear more about the program.

This year we started by going around the room and having everyone introduce themselves. Students shared by telling us what grade they are in, what school they attend and something that interests them. Some students confidently stood up to address the group while others sat up straight in their chairs when introducing themselves. Students demonstrated many different public speaking skills and I was impressed by their willingness to participate in front of their peers, parents, and industry professionals.

Everyone had an opportunity to introduce themselves including parents, partners and teachers. Parents were asked to share where they lived and worked. While partners shared what they do and the company or organization they represent. The teachers kept it brief and enthusiastically introduced themselves and the school they teach at. It was exciting to hear from parents for the first time.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Clint Cowden, the Dean of Career Technical Education and Workforce Development at Hartnell College. Clint shared a little bit about Hartnell and the Alisal Campus. He highlighted some opportunities in the Ag Industry that hopefully caught the attention of students and parents.

It’s an exciting time in Agriculture! There are so many opportunities locally and globally that I can’t wait to share with students who are impressive young adults, mature beyond their years, and the leaders of tomorrow.

Cheers to this years FARMS Leadership 2018 Class!

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