Barton students learn about chosen careers during College to Community Day

Straub International was the final stop for Barton agriculture students Wednesday morning during College to Community Day, which offered Barton students a chance to see what their chosen careers hold for their futures at various businesses and organizations around the Great Bend area.

Straub International was the final stop for Barton agriculture students Wednesday morning during College to Community Day, which offered Barton students a chance to see what their chosen careers hold for their futures at various businesses and organizations around the Great Bend area.

 

October 24, 2012
Story by Brandon Steinert
Photos by Brandon Steinert and Joe VinduskaAgriculture students at Barton were given the chance to see a feeding operation first-hand during College to Community Day on Wednesday morning on a tour through Great Bend Feeding, Inc.

More than 150 Barton Community College students toured local businesses and organizations throughout the Great Bend area Wednesday morning for College to Community Day, which gives them an opportunity to witness the potential futures their chosen careers will provide.

Buses full of students studying agriculture, early childhood education, automotive, business technology, computer networking and criminal justice each had customized tours to catch a glimpse of what they might be doing in the next few years. Law enforcement students, for example, were given the chance to handle firearms in a safe environment and agriculture students toured Great Bend Feeding, Inc., Straub International and more.

Jonathan Dietz, Barton's Director of Testing, Advisement and Career Services, was one of the key organizers who made the event a reality.

"This shows the students the opportunities they have right here in the community for when they finish up with school," he said of the event's importance. "It's also kind of a mutual thing; It's a great way for the community to see the potential we have out here at the college, and to start recruiting that talent early on."

Dietz said he is very grateful for the cooperation from the city of Great Bend and the many businesses that gave time and resources to make the event a success, along with the many Barton employees involved behind the scenes.

The morning of visits concluded at Walnut Bowl with a popular college-student meal - pizza. But they were given an even more valuable treat, as U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran made an appearance and gave a short speech about the importance of their decision to work in Kansas after their time in college.

"I even had my kids raise their hands and say, 'I will be a success, in Kansas,'" he said, encouraging the crowd of Barton students to consider sticking around in central Kansas after graduation.

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