August 1, 2012 – Ten Georgia high school students got a jumpstart on college preparation by recently participating in the one-week Agricultural Economics Summer Enrichment Program at Fort Valley State University. The students participated in workshops led by faculty and consultants from Missouri State University and International Toastmasters.
Workshop topics included introduction to agricultural economics, personal financial management, advancing math skills, improving study skills and public speaking. To demonstrate what they learned, students gave speeches at a closing session.
“The purpose of this program is to introduce students to the agricultural economics program at Fort Valley State and to increase our enrollment, retention and graduation rates,” said Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, project director and coordinator of the Agricultural Economics Program. “The long-term objective is to increase the number of African-American agricultural economists in the labor force.”
Ibrahim said there is a shortage of minorities in the agricultural economics field, especially African Americans. He hopes that some, if not all, of the participants will attend Fort Valley State and major in agricultural economics. Participants accepted into the university and majoring in agricultural economics become eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship.
Jamerion Love, a rising senior at Wilkinson County High School, said before attending the program he was thinking about pursuing a career in the U.S. Navy or majoring in early childhood education, but agricultural economics definitely caught his attention. “There could be a possibility of me going into agricultural economics once I get into college,” Love said. “I feel that I have learned so much. I can take it back to Wilkinson County and help others that really don’t know about ag econ.”
This summer program is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Capacity Building Grant.
The 2012 Agricultural Economics Summer Enrichment Program participants were:
- Jessica May, Junior, Howard High School, Bibb County
- Darneisha Ivey, Senior, Macon County High School, Macon County
- Shakeerryah Barrett, Sophomore, Perry High School, Houston County
- Brian Glover, Incoming Freshman, FVSU, Twiggs County High School, TwiggsCounty
- Jasmine Bacon, Sophomore, Wilkinson County High School, Wilkinson County
- Aeronesha Carswell, Junior, Wilkinson County High School, Wilkinson County
- Tamiah Coats, Junior, Wilkinson County High School, Wilkinson County
- Quintesha Crowder, Senior, Wilkinson County High School, Wilkinson County
- Jamerion Love, Senior, Wilkinson County High School, Wilkinson County
- Deon Robinson, Senior, Wilkinson County High School, Wilkinson County
For more information about the summer program, contact Ibrahim at (478) 825-6815 email@example.com.
FVSU Agricultural Communications Department