Pathways To Careers Conference

Published on Monday, 20 November 2017 19:58
Written by thenebraskasigna

On November 4, members of the Fillmore Central FFA Chapter headed to Grand Island, to attend the state-wide Pathways to Careers Conference. The members who attended the conference with Advisor Mr. VanDeWalle and student teacher Ms. Hartman were: Kenna Asche, Lydia Birky, Tanner Nun, Dylan Vodicka, Joseph Korbelik, Sydney Simacek, Abbi Smith, Sadie Birky, Conner Nun, Gunner Gewecke, Koby Head, Kaylynn Sieber and Kaylea Gieser.
On Friday evening, the students made their own schedule determining which sessions they would attend on Saturday. They also worked together as a group to learn about different traits that a future employer would look for. After that, the students had time to play games and dance. On Friday evening, Mr. VanDeWalle and Ms. Hartman attended the state update to hear reports from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Education and Nebraska Vocational Agriculture Foundation. Mr. VanDeWalle also attended the NE FFA Board meeting.  
On Saturday, the students rotated through the six sessions they chose the night before. During the sessions, industry professionals told the students about their career and how they got to where they are today. Many of the sessions included demonstrations or hands-on activities for the students to experience what the industry professional does in their careers. Most of the sessions also included time at the end for students to ask questions.  
Some of the companies that were represented at Pathways to Careers were: Mustang Media, Big Iron and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication (ALEC) Department.
FC FFA member Tanner Nun stated “it was very mind opening.” At lunch, guest speaker Josh Erickson talked about different levels of engagement.
While the students learned about career opportunities, Mr. VanDeWalle and Ms. Hartman participated in professional development in the Agriculture Education Symposium.  Sessions for the teachers included topics on: Supervised Agriculture Experiences Fall All Students, BlendEd Classrooms, Flipped Classrooms and Landscape and Horticulture.  Mr. VanDeWalle also participated in and presented at the Beginning Teacher Meeting that afternoon.