Recruitment of minority students for career opportunities in agriculture and related disciplines has historically been a difficult challenge. In fact, minority enrollment in colleges of agriculture has been much less than those experienced in colleges of business, natural sciences and engineering. Most students void programs in agriculture because of a major misconception. These students see careers in this area as primarily farming and other production oriented jobs. They are not aware of the vast number of technical and professional opportunities that exist. This is where education and exposure can play an important role in the recruitment process. A program that provides a broad exposure to the career opportunities available in this large field has been the challenge confronting colleges of agriculture.
minority students, recruitment, minority enrollment