Graduates Find Great Options In Agriculture

This is a series summer intern, Michelle Stangler, has launched looking for advice and insights for graduates interested in Wisconsin agriculture.

College graduates are eyeing their options and agriculture could benefit.

Jodie Weyland, a recent graduate at the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), is optimistic about her future in agriculture.

At first, Weyland was unsure where her life was going after high school. “I was going to take a year off,” Weyland says, “But FVTC was the right financial choice for me.” The time comittment to get an associate degree also fit with Weyland’s plan. Fortunately, Weyland was able to finance a lot of her education with nearly 30 scholarships that were available.

During her time at FVTC, Weyland took advantage of an assortment of educational options. Weyland has her Custom Applicators License, Commercial Pilots License for unmanned aircraft, and she’s finalizing work on her Certified Crop Advisor Credential. Weyland says those certifications really helped enhance her resume.

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Weyland also served in multiple organizations and is currently serving as the National Professional Agricultural Student Organzation (PAS) President. She says PAS helped her apply knowledge from class to real life experience.

While many students were paying attention to the pandemic – Weyland was focused on the weather. She says during her first year of agronomy coursework, weather turned into the biggest challenge for classwork. Weyland’s advice, “When attacking challenges you really need to be resilient.”

Weyland is currently an agronomy intern looking forward to a full-time position soon.

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