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!

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!