Published on 09/09/10

UGA Tifton to hold student recruitment event Sept. 23

By Jessica Michelle Green

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ students train for careers in food, plant or animal industries, and they get to work directly with the world-renowned scientists who teach them.

The college will showcase its academic programs at its annual Southwest District Recruitment Event Sept. 23 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga. It starts at 5 p.m.

“These prospective students are here to learn about the next big step in their lives, where they will attend college and what they will study,” said Joe West, the UGA Tifton assistant dean. “So it is exciting to witness their enthusiasm and to know that in this group of young people there will be future business owners, educators, scientists, and the future leaders for our state and country.”

When compared to graduates from other UGA colleges, West said, fewer CAES students are still seeking employment six months after graduation, and their starting salaries are the second highest among UGA graduates.

Representatives from all 10 CAES departments will be on hand to answer questions from prospective students and their parents. Topics will include admissions, financial aid and information about the college and its different majors and campuses.

Students and parents just need to bring an open mind and a lot of questions, said Erin Womack, the UGA Tifton academic program coordinator.

CAES students can expect small class sizes, one-on-one faculty advising and exposure to world-renowned research starting at the undergraduate level. They can’t get all of this from any other school, Womack said.

“We want the students who come to the event to visit with our scientists in attendance and learn about the many opportunities available to them in the field of agriculture, to meet some of the scientists who will be their teachers and to gain a better understanding of how an education from the UGA CAES will prepare them for exciting opportunities in the field of agriculture and related industries” West said.

Dinner and door prizes will be provided. To sign up, high school sophomores, juniors or seniors should contact their UGA Extension county offices. Or, they can call (229) 386-3414 or email Transfer students should contact Brice Nelson at(706) 542-1611 or

Jessica Green is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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