Visitors from Southeast Arkansas College recently toured University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff facilities as part of the Career Awareness and Opportunities in Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences program.

Visitors from Southeast Arkansas College recently toured University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff facilities as part of the Career Awareness and Opportunities in Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences program.

The initiative highlights opportunities and programs within the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences that might meet the career aspirations of SEARK students, said Linda L. Okiror, SAFHS assistant dean and Career Awareness program director.

“We welcome SEARK students for summer internships with SAFHS faculty and to transfer to SAFHS programs,” she said. “Through this program, we have had three excellent SEARK students complete internships and two have enrolled in plant science and animal science full-time at UAPB.”

The Career Awareness program provided an opportunity for those students to “get a head start on their transition to UAPB, develop their career focus and participate in mentored research with SAFHS faculty.” Okiror said.

The collaborative effort is good for UAPB and SEARK as well as students who benefit from the opportunities afforded to them from a higher education, she said.

During their recent trip to UAPB, visitors from SEARK toured several teaching and research program areas. They heard UAPB faculty members discuss swine and goat research, plant breeding, water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, aquaculture pond management, fashion design, and food safety and quality.

The Career Awareness and Opportunities in Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences program is funded by a grant awarded to SAFHS by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program helps students make career and academic adjustments leading to academic achievement and an easy transition to a four-year college degree. Ultimately, the project will help provide the college graduates needed to help fill the 50,000 jobs available each year in the food, agricultural and natural resource system. The program offers internships to high school and college students.

Applications are available online at http://www.uapb.edu/safhs/career.html. For more information, contact Okiror at 870-575-8538 or okirorl@uapb.edu or contact or Usman Adamu at 870-575-7203 or adamuu@uapb.edu .

Bobbie Crockett is an extension specialist - communications with the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at UAPB.