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Student Opportunities and Services
Opportunities for professional and personal growth
The Darr College of Agriculture understands that personal, educational and professional development must extend beyond the classroom. Therefore, the College commits to providing various opportunities for you to get involved within your program of study, outreach to your community, expand your knowledge and showcase your talents in competition.
The College of Agriculture supports many student organizations that help develop your professional skills, provide you with leadership experience and allow you to network with professionals in the field and your fellow students.
Competitive teams provide you with the opportunity to uniquely showcase your skills through intercollegiate competition. These teams also provide you with training opportunities to further develop your skills as you network, compete with and learn from other future professionals.
Each fall, the College of Agriculture hosts an Ag Expo, which introduces students to the numerous agriculture clubs and organizations. At the expo, you can learn more about each organization and club, including details on how to get more involved. You may also sign-up to become an Agriculture Ambassador or enroll in the Leadership Class.
The Leadership Class allows students to be more involved in the workings of the College of Agriculture as well as hearing motivational speakers. Representative speakers include Senator Norma Champion; Carla Bellis, Mt. Vernon High School counselor; Charles Kruse, Missouri Farm Bureau president; and Don Lucietta, agriculture liaison for Congressman Roy Blunt.
Research and internship opportunities
Our College supports hands-on learning through internship, laboratory and field experiences, and research. Whether working with one of our community partners or researching at our various facilities, these unique opportunities provide you with valuable job experience and a desirable professional skill set.
An internship experience (AGR 499) is required for some agriculture degrees. However, the completion of an internship is recommended for all students because it allows you to extend your education beyond the classroom, teaches you valuable work-related skills and introduces you to a number of careers and professionals in the agriculture industry. An internship is tailored to your unique interests and abilities and, ultimately, increases your likelihood of employment upon graduation.
The Pathways program makes it possible for you to remain on your campus while still taking classes to achieve an associates degree in applied science in general agriculture.
VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) serves as a pathway for individuals interested in certificated training or Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in viticulture and enology. A unique partnership of universities and community colleges across the nation provide students access to coursework that is delivered online thereby enabling learning to occur anytime, anywhere. Additionally, the VESTA program provides opportunities for students to participate in hands-on field experiences through partnerships developed with area vineyards and wineries, thus providing students with laboratory experience in their location.