Casper College Agriculture News

Casper College Agriculture Department Selected for National Award

LAS VEGAS – The Casper College Agriculture Department in Casper, WY is one of only six programs nationwide that received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary/ Adult Agricultural Education Program Award on Dec. 4 at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas.

Ag + Toyota TruckWith a student body of about 100, the agriculture department at Casper College has four full-time faculty members, one half-time instructor, and a full-time rodeo coach. Students can choose from seven different Associate Degree programs, including animal science, range management, agriculture communications and agriculture business. Influenced by Wyoming’s predominantly livestock and crop production agricultural industry, courses include a variety of animal science and animal production courses, meat science, range ecology, agriculture economics and technical courses such as horseshoeing.

Instructors in the Casper College agriculture department emphasize experiential learning while also focusing on community involvement. Students take part in numerous internship and employment opportunities relating to their program of study, including employment at equipment dealers, meat processors and feed stores. They also give back to the community and recruit future students by hosting numerous livestock sales, livestock shows and training camps, and rodeo events throughout the year for area FFA and 4-H members. Another way the college works with potential students is through an articulation agreement with the Natrona County High School agriculture program, offering 12 credit hours for agriculture classes taught at the high school.

“The Casper College Agriculture Department provided the best training I could have ever had to be an attorney. Better, in fact, than my law school alma mater’s training in the areas of public speaking, standing on one’s feet while speaking to a decision maker and justifying your position on fine points and minute differences,” said W. Jackson Stewart, attorney, Casper College agriculture department alumnus, and chairman of the agriculture department’s advisory committee for the past ten years. “The last endorsement I can give may be my best and most personal – I can only hope my children choose to go to Casper College and major in agriculture.”

Each of the six regional Outstanding Postsecondary/ Adult Program Award winners was recognized at the NAAE convention in Las Vegas, and received a lease on a 2013 Toyota Tundra. Toyota sponsors the Outstanding Postsecondary/ Adult Agricultural Education Program Award as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.” The NAAE office is located in Lexington, KY.

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L to R:
Jim Baudino, Toyota representative, Jason Johnson, Heath Hornecker, Todd Jones, Tom Parker, Marty Finch, Jeremy Burkett