JCJC’s U.S. Poultry & Egg grant helps recruit area high school students

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-04-08 14:10:51

ELLISVILLE – Twenty-one high school students from the area gathered at Jones County Junior College to learn more about the Agriculture Science program.  A grant from the U.S. Poultry and Egg (USPEA) Association was awarded to Jones to help recruit students into this career field. Jones is the only community/junior college in the nation that has been awarded a grant from the USPEA because Jones students have been very successful following graduation.
The pre-vet and poultry science majors learned about the hands-on approach that JCJC Agriculture Science teacher Tim Ishee utilizes to more than prepare Jones graduates to transfer to universities like Mississippi State. 
 “Since 1987 almost half of the poultry science grads at MSU were graduates of Jones’ Ag. Science program,” said Ishee. “We do a lot of things here at Jones, which university students can’t logistically do, like visit Sanderson Farms processing plant. We are one of the only colleges allowed to do that and we have opportunities to visit area farms and really see how they operate.”
JCJC ’03 graduate and MSU pre-vet/poultry science instructor, Jessica Wells reassured students and parents about the prospects a future career in pre-vet or poultry science would offer. She also explained Jones students are very successful at MSU and the program boasts a 100 percent job placement rate.
“The techniques you learn here at Jones will give you an edge compared to other students,” said Wells. “Starting salaries begin at $40,000 and advance after that.”
Wells shared there are numerous options with a degree in Agriculture Science, Poultry Science or Veterinary Science, like Human Resources, Business and Sales. For more information about the JCJC Agriculture Science program contact Tim Ishee at 601-477-4106.


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