Nearly 200 kids from 26 local schools traveled to Southeast Community College in Beatrice on Tuesday for the school’s third ag day event.
SCC-Beatrice hosts two ag days each year, allowing students to receive a non-traditional campus visit where they work with equipment and on the college’s farm to see for themselves the type of projects SCC students work on.
Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to speak with past SCC graduates about their careers and internships, observe how a tree was affected by damage and learn how and why DNA samples are taken from sheep. They also looked at yield predictions, moisture levels and quality tests on grain and saw drone demonstrations before having the opportunity to fly one themselves.
Bob Morgan, SCC-Beatrice’s Campus director, said the ag day also provides students an opportunity to see the SCC campus and what they have to offer.
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“The ag staff and faculty have put together a great opportunity to showcase each and every one of our programs,” Morgan said.
Morgan said they are studying to see if the ag day brings more enrollment to the campus, but as it only started last year they do not have an estimate. The day itself has grown, though, as their previous event in April saw roughly 50 students.
Tyler Lyhane, a precision ag instructor at SCC, said in addition to learning about SCC, he hopes students note the hands-on opportunities available.
“The biggest takeaway is just to see what we can do, show them how education can be fun and let them realize that in a college education they can still get their hands dirty and have fun while they’re learning,” Lyhane said.