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TSTC Hosts Fourth Annual Ag Expo

Thursday, February 13, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

AgCollege and high school students got a chance to explore the possibility of a career in the agricultural or homeland security fields during the Fourth Annual Acknowledging Agriculture Expo in the Student Center cafeteria on Thursday.

This was the first year that high schools were invited to the expo. Aside from Texas State Technical College students, La Joya High, La Joya Palmview and La Joya Juarez-Lincoln were in attendance.

Director of Career Services Susan Holmes said the expo was a way of making students aware of careers in these fields.

“I call them invisible careers,” Holmes said. “Everyone sees what a teacher or doctor does, but no one sees what someone working for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does.”

The DHS and USDA were just a couple of the state and federal agencies on hand to showcase what careers can await the students after graduation.

“We’ve had a good turnout,” Holmes said. “I hope our students can see that there are a lot of careers out there waiting for them.”

Rio Hondo native Rolando Garza is enrolled in the Agriculture Technology Program and was visiting the USDA table. Garza said he valued the chance to get to visit with potential employers.

“It’s important to see what opportunities are out there for us,” Garza said. “It’s good to find out what they have to offer and what we need to get a job with them.”

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln senior Loren Zuniga was impressed with a presentation made by the DHS. Zuniga and her classmates were one campus for a tour being conducted by the RGV LEAD office. They stopped at the Ag Expo as part of their trip to TSTC.

“I’ve always been interested in a career in agriculture,” Zuniga said. “It’s great to see that there are so many opportunities in this field.”

For more information on TSTC’s career services, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingenplacement.

For more information on the Agricultural Technology Program, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingenagtech.

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