Debbie Archer | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Pine Bluff, Ark. – Area high school students participated in a Career Fair at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) recently. Sponsored by the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) and Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK), the Career Fair provided opportunities for students to visit with representatives from local and federal agencies as well as from UAPB and SEARK.
Representatives spoke to students on preparing for higher education, applying for college and scholarships, job requirements and career readiness. Music was provided by the UAPB Jazz Ensemble and Daniel Farmer, American Idol participant and UAPB Vesper Choir member. SEARK and UAPB faculty welcomed students and gave words of encouragement.
Micah Cottrell, SEARK drafting/CAD student, and Jamison Murry, UAPB agronomy (plant science) student, relayed their first-hand experiences in preparing for, choosing and thriving in the collegiate environment.
Funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Capacity Building grant, the purpose of the Academic and Career Preparation Grant is to inform and aid students in preparing for higher education and career opportunities related to agriculture, fisheries and human sciences.
Earlier this year, the grant funded high school visits. UAPB SAFHS faculty and students (collegiate 4-H members) shared personal experiences in working, studying, internships and scholarships available in the SAFHS disciplines. School visits were coordinated by the Arkansas Works Career Coaches and counselors at participating high schools – Pine Bluff High, Dollarway, Watson Chapel, McGehee and White Hall.