The Woodbury FFA Alumni and Parent Support Group recently held its 15th annual Agriscience College and Career Fair at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, CT. Over 150 current students, parents and graduates attended the College and Career Fair. The purpose of the event was to inform current Agriscience students about the many outstanding agricultural college programs available to them upon high school graduation, and to introduce them to a wide variety of agricultural careers they can pursue as their future occupation.
Several successful graduates of the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program who are now employed full-time in a multitude of agricultural occupations from the surrounding area were invited to attend to showcase their accomplishments. Also, several colleges including UCONN, Penn State, Johnson State, Post College, Delaware Valley College, University of New Hampshire, Northwestern Community College, SUNY–Morrisville, NY, SUNY–Cobleskill, NY, Unity College in Maine, and others sent representatives to the event to speak to the large audience and distribute recruitment materials. Members of the audience took full advantage of the wealth of knowledge and experiences in the room as they spent the evening visiting with each of these successful agricultural business owners and employees.
Each year, over 75 percent of the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology Program graduates continue on to college, most of which attend a 2 or 4 year agricultural college program. The Ellis Clark program at Nonnewaug is the largest and most diverse Agriscience and Technology Center in the state, with a long history of state and national accomplishments and recognition for excellence in teaching agricultural education and preparing students for agricultural careers.