Struggling to know which career path to take? With the variety of opportunities available to students, it can be hard to decide. College students can gain practical experience and prepare for an exciting future by applying to be part of the Nebraska Pork Mentorship Program offered by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.
This career development program provides a variety of hands-on experiences to promote leadership and communication skills, ultimately encouraging career exploration and professional development. The deadline for submitting student applications is Dec. 15, with selection notifications to be sent to applicants by Jan. 1.
“The NPPA Pork Mentorship Program is more than just a scholarship,” says Kyla Habrock, education director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. “It’s a way for students to build their capacity as a leader and professional in the swine and agriculture industries in Nebraska. The program provides students with an opportunity to identify future career goals and to evolve into strong agricultural advocates.”
The Nebraska Pork Producers Association is seeking college students who believe in the future of the pork industry to apply to the Pork Mentorship Program. The program will run from Feb. 1, 2019, to Feb. 1, 2020.
During that time, students will attend seminars where they will learn about various aspects of the pork and agriculture industries, participate in a bus tour highlighting Nebraska agriculture, and have opportunities to promote Nebraska’s pork industry, Habrock says. Upon completion, students will receive a $500 scholarship toward their education expenses. Students will not be responsible for any expenses to participate in the program.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Nebraska post-secondary school, and be between 18-24 years of age. Applicants must be able to attend all quarterly meetings and complete all requirements before receiving his/her scholarship. Applicants should have access to and communicate effectively via email.
Habrocks says the program will help students develop the skills needed to be a strong advocate for agriculture by shadowing industry professionals, promoting pork, blogging, volunteering, engaging in personal and professional development seminars and attending quarterly meetings. The students will also travel to the World Pork Expo and attend other exciting industry tours and group events.
To apply, click on the youth tab at www.nepork.org.