Plans After Highschool?

FARMS Leadership | Tehama & North State | March 16, 2021

Field Day Host(s) and Mentors Shasta College Agriculture – Dr. Audra Harl Horticulture – Leimone Waite Forestry/Natural Resources – Melissa Markee Heavy Equipment/Logging – John Livingston & Rick Boontjer Truck Driving – Clancy Mitchell Diesel Technology – Ray Nicholas & Ishmael Rivas Industrial Technology/Welding – Rick Osbrink & Jay Davis

Hands-On Kit Components Tomato Plant Seedling, Pot to transplant into, Soil

Theme
College Exploration

Summary of the Day  With the current pandemic in place, many students have not had the opportunity to get out and explore their college options for after they graduate. While this is especially important to juniors and seniors, the more exposure to higher education and what exactly that means the better chance our students have to make an educated decision on which path they plan to take when it’s time. Shasta College supplied a 2 hour information packed virtual field day where students “toured” 7 different departments from Agriculture to Forestry to Heavy Equipment, to Welding and everything in between. We then used our hands on kits which were graciously supplied by the Horticulture Department and the students were able to transplant their tomato seedling and learn about the root structure of a tomato compared to other plants as well as a little bit about the varieties they were planting. To wrap up the day Shasta Colleges Ag Leadership Students joined us LIVE to talk to the FARMS Leadership kids about life on campus and what being a college student really looked like. Finally all the departments that had been showcased at the beginning of the field day were available LIVE for the students to ask questions to. Thank you Shasta College for rocking it and giving a fabulous field day even on a virtual platform. Click HERE to watch the recorded field day!

Ag Mechanics at Los Molinos High School

FARMS Leadership| Tehama County | December 7, 2018

Location of Field Day:
Los Molinos, CA

Participating High Schools: 
Los Molinos High, Mercy High, Red Bluff High, Corning High

Field Day Host:
Los Molinos High School

Participating Partners:
Shasta Junior College Welding Department
Principal Miguel Barriga, Los Molinos High School
Becky Roe, Sierra Pacific Industries, A&R Custom Butchering

Theme:
Ag. Mechanics, Interview Preparation

Summary of the Day:
Calling all mechanics, welders, fabricators, and computer geeks!! This day was one for the books. While holding field days at our high schools is not the norm, we were excited for Tehama County’s FARMS Leadership students to get the true hands-on experience with local industry in the various ag mechanics fields that we highlighted: welding, heavy equipment operating, computer programming, laser engraving, and job interview preparedness.

Shasta College sent two of their top students to teach our FARMS Leadership group the art and skills required to become a welder.
Many of our students had never had this opportunity before, so using Los Molinos’ individual welding bays was a safe and fun way to experience this! Safety was key to this day, and as a group, we received a detailed safety presentation from Michael Kling, the Los Molinos Ag Instructor before any activities started.

“I learned that lifting the arc makes the puddle wider and also makes it hotter.” – Forrest Powell, Los Molinos High School

For those students whose interest is peaked by heavy equipment operation, they were able to get hands-on by driving a front end loader through a course of barrels and even test their backing skills. Gabe Harris, a FARMS Advanced student, gave each student a lesson in the safe, proper operation of the equipment. It was such fun to see the expressions from those who had never driven a tractor before. Memories were surely made!

“I had a lot of fun driving the tractor!” – Hannah Endres, Corning High School

Those students who are interested in computer programming and art or design loved the rotation where they were introduced to a laser engraver and how it can be used in conjunction with computer design to create some awesome pieces. Each school was able to create a design on the computer, their school name with the FARMS Leadership logo that was then engraved on a wooden sign. It was amazing how precise the engraver was. Every detail was transferred from the computer design to the finished product.

“I learned how to use a laser table and found out it produces very intricate and detailed art work. They can be used on glass, wood, metal and leather!”

Itzel Favela, Red Bluff High School

While it is always fun exploring careers in agriculture, the next step to explore and learn the necessary skills for is… How do I get a job? What does an interview look like? Mrs. Becky Roe from Sierra Pacific Industries joined us to help teach these skills. She led an open discussion with the students encouraging questions about how to fill out an application, the important part of your resume and cover letter, and they participated in a role-play activity showing students how to act and the importance of your first impression when you are called in for an interview. Each student gained the knowledge of how to properly dress, shake hands, speak, and that it is ok to ask questions.

“I learned that your social media can effect your job.” – Kylee McCormick, Corning High School

Special Thank You to A&R Custom Butchering for donating all the tri-tip for our lunch!