The Daily Express

Agricultural Careers Showcased at "Natural Sciences Day" Tuesday at Owens

Over 300 high school students from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan will explore careers in agriculture at "Natural Sciences Day" Tuesday, February 19 at Owens Community College.

At 10 a.m., keynote speaker Randy Brenke, Territory Manager of Agriliance, will address the high school students discussing career opportunities available within the agricultural industry.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., the students will explore careers in agribusiness management, landscape and turfgrass management and John Deere.

As part of National FFA Week, they will hear presentations about the industries and enjoy tours of the agriculture and landscape labs, located in the Fire Science/Law Enforcement Center, as well as the John Deere Lab, located in the Transportation Technologies Center.

"Natural Sciences Day is a great opportunity for high school students to be exposed to a variety of careers in agriculture," said Jennifer Irelan, Owens Assistant Director of Admissions. "The earlier students are excited about their career possibilities for the future, the easier it is for them to establish realistic goals. This day allows the students to learn more about these careers."

Local businesses showcasing their technology at Natural Sciences Day include Agriliance, The Andersons Inc., Black Diamond, Crop Production Services, Flora Landscape Inc., Glass City Landscape Inc., Golden Harvest, Hatfield Lawn & Landscape, Heatherdowns County Club and Nil Gallagher Inc.

Also participating are Nilsson's Landscape, North Branch Nursery, Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension, Ottawa Park Water Gardens, Sylvania Recreation, Toledo Botanical Gardens, Toledo Metropark of the Toledo Area, Toledo Mud Hens, Valleywood Country Club and Willoway Nurseries Inc.

During the morning, students will be able to speak to individuals from the local businesses asking them questions about their professions and choosing a career within the agricultural industry.

Among the schools in attendance will include Fayette High School, Apollo Career Center (Lima), Liberty Center High School, Old Fort High School, Patrick Henry High School, Tinora High School, Penta Career Center (Perrysburg) and Vantage Career Center (Van Wert).

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to offering small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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