Submitted by guest contributor Dallas Halley
Graceland University offers a wide range of majors and minors, but one in particular that has started to expand the last few years is Agricultural Business.
This may not come as a surprise, considering the location of Graceland University, but this new program that started in 2010 with just four members now has grown to 36 majors or minors. The vision of this program is to empower and transform students for successful careers and ethical leadership in agriculture.
The program also has an active, student-led club in which members are encouraged to participate in activities all through the semester. The club classifies themselves as “Global Agricultural Professionals” — they look to make a difference across the globe, especially in regards to concerns of how to feed the world’s growing population.
An Agricultural Business degree can provide students with an opportunity to work as an accountant, insurance agent, sales representative, or many other areas related to agriculture. Many different companies exist that could provide such employment. One hundred percent of students from Graceland University’s Agricultural Business program have found jobs, such as working at John Deere, going into personal production, working at different co-ops, and going into the hog industry.
This program and its members continue to set the bar high as they look to acquire 50 members for the upcoming 2014-2015 year. If you are interested in becoming part of this program you may contact Max Pitt or Justin Akers, both of whom are highly involved with the program.
The Agricultural Business Club takes initiative and is responsible for many important agriculture-related events at Graceland University. Those events include things such as Ag Business/FFA days and the Agricultural Business Scholarship Dinner and Auction.
Ag Business/FFA days invite students from surrounding counties come to Graceland for a day and experience first-hand different aspects of agriculture from leading professionals out in the field. This year’s Ag Business/FFA days are scheduled for October 1, 2014 and November 20, 2014.
The Agricultural Business Scholarship Dinner and Auction is an event that raises money for students in the Agricultural Business Program through what’s called the Bruch Family Agricultural Business Scholarship Fund. During this time, people get to enjoy a dinner from Sodexo while having the opportunity to bid on items many generous individuals have donated to the event. All of this is done through a silent and live auction. This year’s event is set for November 7, 2014.
Events such as these are all made possible through the help of student leaders within the club. Students are elected to specific positions and then brainstorm ideas with club members and leadership. One important topic that the club decided on this year was to personally attend the Iowa State FFA Convention in Ames, Iowa. While there, members of the club were able to talk with high school students from around the state about coming to Graceland University and informed them on what the Agricultural Business program has to offer.
Students who attend Graceland University are able to gain quality learning time from different professors within the program who are truly passionate about what they are teaching, while being able to relate what they are teaching to real-life situations.
An Agricultural Business degree at Graceland University means more than just earning a certificate; it prepares future graduates for different leadership roles within the agricultural industry and provides students with different career opportunities in agriculture.