A Well Rounded Look at Shasta College

FARMS Leadership | Tehama | Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Location of Field Day
Shasta College: 11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA 96049

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors
Becky Roe, Sr. Project Coordinator Economic Workforce Development John Schmidt, Regional Director Advanced Manufacturing Betsey Ray, Registered Apprenticeship Coordinator

Theme
College Exploration

Summary of the Day While career exploration is one of our main focuses during the FARMS program, we also prioritize showing students the college and certificate options they have in our local areas. Today, we met at Shasta College which is a junior college located in Redding, CA and had an extremely hands on day exploring their Ag and natural resources degrees, what they have to offer for those interested in Heavy Equipment and Logging, as well as the Advanced manufacturing program with a focus on welding, diesel tech, and automotive.

Our morning started with a fun icebreaker called “the human knot”. Students laughed while they worked together trying to untangle themselves out of the knot they initially created. Next, the students were broken into groups and given fancy SWAG bags that included a Shasta College drawstring bag, Shasta College water bottle, and some information brochures about the college. As we broke up one group went to explore the Ag and Natural Resources Department, another went to the training grounds for heavy equipment, and the last one went to see advanced manufacturing, diesel tech, welding, and auto-shop. Each group had the opportunity to rotate through each department and enjoy hands on activities.

The Shasta College student farm is where the majority of the Ag and natural resources kids spend their time. While we visited the farm we enjoyed a wonderful stroll around learning about all the animals they house such as pigs, cattle, goats, and chickens and how they are incorporated into labs and the hands on learning. We also saw the greenhouses where many of the plant science students do labs. Students heard about how their are actual students that live in dorm style housing on the farm and earn their rent by caring for these animals throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to save money and learn many new skills required in the Ag production industries as well as many plant science areas.

After a brief walk to the heavy equipment training grounds, students were introduced to what degrees and certificate programs utilize this hands on training experience. Just this year, a new program was added that gives students the training and knowledge needed to successfully begin a career in the logging industry. These training grounds are where each student gets first hand training on the actual equipment they will be operating in the forests to help harvest one of our most renewable resources, wood. In true FARMS style, each student had to chance to jump in the excavator and take it for a spin! What a memorable experience.

The last area we headed to was the Advanced Mechanics buildings which house their welding shop, diesel mechanic labs, as well as their automotive department. Here students rotated through and heard from the college professors about the labs that were currently in session. We had to chance to mingle with the current college students who were working on various projects and here what led them to choose Shasta College and some of their favorite things!

This day was so much fun and hands on. We wrapped it up by all the groups coming back together and practicing some public speaking by sharing with everyone what their favorite part of the day was and some things they learned. Thank you to Shasta College for hosting an amazing day! We look forward to bring more students in future years!

A Sweet Exploration of Ag Jobs

FARMS Leadership | North State | February 11, 2020

Field Day Locations:

Sunsweet, Yuba City

Yuba College Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities, Linda campus

Theme of the Day:

California Plums, Food Manufacturing, Jobs in every field in Ag, Community college CTE opportunities

Summary:

What an exciting day at Sunsweet and Yuba College! We started with some fun teambuiling- a game of what we like to call “duct tape octopus pictionary.” The day continued with an intro video and presentation about Sunsweet from Jamie Dickerson, Director of Human Resources. She explained the history of the company, some of the ways they continuously remain the leader in the prune market, and the variety of jobs available at the Yuba City facility for all educational backgrounds. We then got to put on lab coats and hair nets to tour the facility! The students were pretty awe struck at all the machines and at how many different stores and countries prunes were being packed for and waiting for shipment! We stood in a storage room with ¼ of the worlds demand for prunes in crates around us waiting to get packed and shipped!

After a final Q and A session with Sunsweet employees about how to get a job there, and general advice about working in agriculture and in the Yuba City region, we headed to Yuba College. Here, we got a tour from CTE instructor Dan Turner and learned about the welding and advanced manufacturing programs. The students learned that you don’t need to have taken welding courses in High School in order to enroll in the program at college. They also learned about what jobs the various CTE degrees and certificates offered by Yuba College could prepare them for. It was a fun and informative field day and we are grateful to our hosts from Sunsweet and Yuba College for sharing their time, facilities and wisdom with us!