Career Education at Cuesta College – Agriculture

Career Education at Cuesta College – Agriculture


I’m Amy Stapp and I teach AG business here at Cuesta College. Ag business is the study of how we bring food from the field all the way to the plate, And it’s looking at all the business that’s required to do that. Plant science is a field based study that looks at a variety of disciplines. We look at soils. We look at plants. We look at the production elements of plants. AG mechanics is where we develop professional farming technicians that are able to work on maintenance and repair of tractors and other farm equipment. Students who are interested in our area in agriculture, Cuesta is a fantastic opportunity for them. They are able to get their hands dirty at a great value, and they can either go out and get to work or they can move on and transfer to a four-year institution. My name is Cara Crye. I’m the CEO of Farm Supply company. We’re a local farmer owned cooperative here on the Central Coast with 2600 members. I am also proud to be a former student of Cuesta College, and currently I serve on the AG Business advisory committee. Why do I think students want to be in Cuesta’s AG business program? One, They’re gonna be a part of what I think is one of the greatest industries in the world Also, although the program’s new, they’re already offering classes and AG mechanics, AG business and plant science, so pick what you’re passionate about. Do you like to build and fabricate? Maybe you want to take a couple AG Mechanics classes. Do you like to get your hands dirty and work with plants and see things grow and make them more efficient so we can Provide, you know, food and flower for the world, get involved in plant science. If you really have that business mind, like that office setting, you know, want to be involved in reporting efficiencies research, Then take a couple AG business classes. My name is Tadashi Geitzen. I’m from Los Angeles, California, and I’m studying agricultural business at Cuesta College. I’m studying agricultural business because I want to pursue in wine viticulture and here at Cuesta College I could take classes that will give me the skills. I believe there’s a high demand for agriculture and there’s a broad variety of people and there’s a diverse range of jobs that can come from this department. I really like how the AG business program is hands-on and it’s really learning the process and the production of behind agriculture, and it’s business. Where do I see the industry going in the next couple years? You know, our our top commodities in the county are wine grapes, strawberries, cattle, row crops, cut flowers. You know, I see our farmers and ranchers becoming more efficient in those areas and then also being Progressive and seeing what else, you know, they can bring to our community. My name is Albert Graham And I teach agriculture mechanics at Cuesta College. people feel that agricultural mechanics is people working on vehicles. Actually, it came about because Farmers and ranchers needed people to be able to do a little of everything Throughout the farm or ranch. So, they needed to be able to deal a little bit of plumbing, a little bit of electricity, a little Wood-working, and Welding to be successful on the ranch or farm. There’s only a half a dozen or so community colleges in the state that actually have a program like this, and Cuesta has realized how important this and is actually bringing it here so that students in the local area can actually receive a Certificate and, down the road, a degree in Agricultural Mechanics. Once students are able to complete the certificate And/or degree that will happen down the road, students are able to either transfer to University or if they wanted to go into the job force, whether it be fabrication, welding, plumbing union, electrical union, Carpentry, they’re able to take all that information be able to be a productive citizen in our area. Agriculture in general, the industry affects every single human being multiple times a day. A few examples are food, clothing, and shelter. Right now the industry is in flux where a lot of people are starting to retire, So we need these students with the skill sets that they’re gonna learn at cuesta college for production, safety, compliance Education, research, jobs are aplenty. We just hope students are excited about being involved in agriculture.

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