Objective 2:

Improve retention rates by 10% compared to the departmental average between the freshman and sophomore year by establishing purpose for education through mentoring, professional career development, and exposure to the breadth and depth of occupations in food, agriculture and natural resources emphasizing animal related positions like those with USDA, state agencies and private industry.

Career development creates a sense of purpose for education, a goal for student involvement in the academic enterprise, in-turn supporting student success. Exposure to the array of opportunities in the fields of food, agriculture and natural resources will motivate students to recognize the need for and value of a college degree. Students will be better able to benefit from professional networking opportunities, develop relationships and acquire social capital that can lead to opportunities, such as internships and job placements. Moreover, exposure to production agriculture and associated activities will connect course material with application and utilization. 

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