SCC Ag Students Advance to Nationals after Iowa PAS Spring ConferenceWritten by Theresa Rose on February 19, 2015
West Burlington, IA- Four students from SCC’s Agriculture Program will represent the college in the Soil Specialist and Career Progress Ruminant Animal Nutrition divisions after competing in Iowa’s Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) Spring Conference. PAS is one of 11 career and technical student organizations that are approved by the U. S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education.
SCC was amongst nine Iowa community colleges to participate at the state-level competition.
SCC students Brayton Beck, Cody Davis, and Brandon Fredrickson advanced in the Soil Specialist category. Soil Specialist groups are presented with photos of different types of soil erosion and must discuss ways to fix the problem.
Nathan Northup qualified as an individual in the Career Progress Ruminant Animal Nutrition division. Northup entered a resume, cover letter, and essay before successfully completing the job interview portion of the career-focused contest.
SCC Agriculture Instructor, Adam Raub, says competition was tough but students came well prepared for the event.
“Our students came out on top due to the extra things we’ve done outside of the classroom. We’ve hosted cover crop meetings and listened to speakers at our Southeast Iowa Young Farmer Conference and the state-wide Young Farmer Conference, hosted by the Farm Bureau.”
Raub says the students’ hard work was recognized by judges as well.
“I spoke with the judge after the soil competition and he was impressed with the discussion our students had during the group portion of the team competition,” says SCC Agriculture Instructor, Adam Raub.
Raub says students are already buckling down for next month’s national competition in Boise, Idaho on March 11 through 14.
“The three that made it in soils all said they were going to get their soils book out and do some more studying. Nathan asked me a thousand questions about what needed to be done down the road for him to compete at a higher level. I think we’ve got a chance at winning our divisions,” says Raub.