Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Strong Turnout for Ag Career Day

Published Date: Jan 29, 2018 2:30:00 PM

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The Huntley College of Agriculture’s annual Ag Career Day on Jan. 25 drew a strong turnout.

More than 400 Cal Poly Pomona students participated in the event at the Bronco Student Center, which was free for them to attend.

They met with representatives of 36 employers and learned about career and internship opportunities. The businesses ranged from Armstrong Garden Centers and Mission Produce to Ross Stores, Rabobank and United Ag. A number of other organizations also were represented, including Caltrans, San Antonio Regional Hospital and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA had representatives from its Agricultural Marketing Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, Foreign Agricultural Service, Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Office of the Secretary. Initially, it was unclear whether they would attend Ag Career Day because of the federal government shutdown, but the crisis was resolved in time for them to participate.

The students also had the chance to choose several professional clothing items for free from the Cal Poly Pomona Career Center’s Clothes Closet. In addition, Huntley College of Agriculture graphic designer Deanna Stewart took 53 students’ professional portraits for LinkedIn and other social media.

Students also received a swag bag and could enter contests and opportunity drawings.

Seventy-seven students entered the Best Resume contest, which was won by food science and technology student Corey Abesa and grad student Shirin Mal Ganji. Each received a $50 Bronco Bucks Gift Card.

The Dress for Success Contest drew 164 students in their best professional attire. Plant science student Mauro Maldonado and agribusiness management student Anayeli Sarabia each won $50 Bronco Bucks gift cards in the drawing.

Plant science student Sean Trinh won the opportunity drawing for two Disneyland tickets.

Student clubs helped make Ag Career Day possible, providing volunteers to work the check-in table, drive the shuttle, put up signs, distribute lunches and gifts to employers, helping employers unload and load their supplies and equipment, developing a flyer to help other students create a LinkedIn profile, and conducting contests and providing door prizes.

Clubs that provided volunteers included:

  • The Horsemanship Club
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Ag Council
  • Phi U
  • Livestock Show Team
  • Food and Nutrition Forum
  • Ag Biology Club
  • AM Club
  • Fashion Society
  • Food Science Society
  • AATCC SoCal Broncos
  • Ag Ambassadors
  • Peer Advisors
  • And CFFA.