Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication
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You have found the homepage for Tennessee State University's Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) programs. Our programs are housed in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, but we also work closely with other programs on campus to offer you a degree that moves you to the front of the line for good paying, high demand jobs in our industry.
In addition to receiving a quality education, you will be part of a family-like atmosphere in ALEC. You will attend many classes together with other ALEC students at the university. Faculty members in ALEC use student-centered approaches to show you how to successfully function in today's fast-paced, technologically advanced job market. Our instructors know their students and are available to help them with class projects, advising and job applications. Support like this helps make the transition to campus life at TSU an easy one. You are our priority.
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TSU Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication will prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers. Students graduating in our Concentration learn valuable leadership, communication, presentation, and education skills that make them a hot commodity on the job market. They are able to lead and help others understand how agricultural and environmental sciences impacts people and how people impact it.
SAMPLE CAREERS Following are some sample careers students from our degree option have entered:
Training and Development Officer
Consultant, Extension Agent, Extension Specialist
Professor, Human Resources Specialist
International Agriculture Consultant
Production Agriculture Manager
Natural Resources Officer
Marketing Communications Manager
District Sales Representatives
and Program Director
If you want to learn more about our exciting field and the awesome career availability, contact Dr. John Ricketts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication we place big value on leadership skills. The organizations that hire our students value those leadership skills too! Why not work on becoming the best leader you can be while you are at TSU! TSU has amazing faculty members who conduct research on leadership, write and teach about leadership, and advise our students with building a better leader in mind.
At TSU you can take courses on leadership with our faculty. You can get internships to develop your leadership potential. You can also develop your leadership skills through student organizations like the Collegiate FFA and 4-H club housed in ALEC.
Collegiate FFA and 4-H empowers values-driven students to lead and serve in schools, businesses and communities. The organization seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of members by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.
Collegiate FFA and 4-H is:
Open to all students (no FFA or 4-H experience necessary)
A great way to network with people in our industry
A service, project based organization
A great opportunity to share and build leadership skills
A great way to start or extend a career in our concentration area
Contact the president of our club, Eligia Stafford, if you are interested in joining and participating.
Employers value graduates who have a record of service almost as much as they value your leadership skills. Our degree option gives you ample opportunities to give back and serve our community. You can serve youth by being a mentor to certain students in 4-H or by assisting FFA members in local high schools as they prepare for Career and Leadership Development Events. The opportunities are endless. Below are some of the partners that provide us opportunities to serve.
Green Leaf Learning Farm @ Knowledge Quest (Memphis, TN)
Metro Nashville Public Schools (Nashville, TN)
Academies of Nashville
Glencliff, McGavock, John Overton, Whites Creek, Stratford High Schools
Farm Credit of Mid-America
Tennessee Farm Bureau
Big shout out to Mathew Smith! The senior Agricultural Education student was selected for the prestigious National Teach Ag Campaign Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium in Las Vegas Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, 2016. He was one of only 18 students selected from a national pool of applicants. Smith and his fellow students were selected based on leadership ability, previous volunteer and advocacy work, and demonstrated passion for agricultural education. The Teach Ag Campaign raises awareness about the need to recruit and retain quality and diverse agriculture teachers.
We have just published a new interactive curriculum for youth on Poultry and Egg Safety. The curriculum was funded by the USDA-NIFA Capacity Building Grants program. Click the cover page below for lesson plans, PowerPoints, and videos.
CASE AFNR 2017
06/12/2017 through 6/22/2017 Registration opens Dec 1. We are excited to announce that we were again selected to serve as a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) host for an Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) next summer. We are the only 1890 or HBCU offering this intense STEM-rich teacher professional development opportunity. Go to our tnstate CASE website for details.
Let us know how we can help.
Our faculty in Agricultural Education are excited you are here, and we will do whatever we can to help you succeed. Contact us anytime.
Our team includes Dr. Tom Broyles (4-H Program Leader, Extension, and Ag Ed), and Dr. John C. Ricketts (Ag Leadership, Education, and Communication)
One of the greatest things about our area of study is the job market. Check with our faculty for jobs in School-based Agricultural Education, Extension Education, and Leadership and Communications in the agriculture industry.