Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Twenty-two University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students recently completed the USPOULTRY Foundation-sponsored College Student Career Program at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.
The students included animal science majors Sydney Douglas, Karen Fears, Sierra Ingram, Kalyn Kaiser, Jade Kirk, Rykel Lawrence, Steven Mathis, Lizney Rudds and Tamia Thomas; agriculture business/economics majors Anthony Brown, Marc Carlock, Morgan Ely, Raven Johnson, Jaszmyne McKenzie, JaLia Steward, Cameron Withers and Darren Young; regulatory science majors Mary Brown, Michael Jones, Adrienne Morgan and Kayla Smith; and industrial technology major Bria Harris.
“During the program the students interviewed for jobs and summer internships,” Dr. Ondieki Gekara, associate professor of animal science and advisor for the College Student Career Program, said. “Three of four seniors were offered full time jobs, and 13 others left with summer internship offers from Perdue Farms, Tyson Foods, Inc. and Sanderson Farms.”
Gekara said the students enjoyed the experience and appreciated being a part of this event.
Jade Kirk said attending the poultry expo and being awarded a job could not have come at a better time, considering her upcoming graduation in May.
“The poultry expo was such a wonderful experience,” said Darren Young. “It’s the best opportunity to kick off your career and I’m thankful to have experienced it with people who have the same goals and hard-working mentality that I have.”
JaLia Steward said the expo broadened her awareness of job opportunities in the poultry industry. She said she was grateful and excited to be chosen for a summer internship with Sanderson Farms.
“Our students received outstanding reviews by the sponsors and poultry company personnel who conducted interviews,” Dr. Gekara said. “I am proud of them and am thrilled about the success of the program.”