Farm Horizons, Oct. 2018

Ag ed intern enjoys time at HLWW

This summer, Alecia Hansen of Hutchinson has been an agricultural intern at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, to help her prepare for her future career in agricultural education.

Hansen is currently a student at South Dakota State University and received the internship through the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC).

“When I was a senior, I was the president of the FFA chapter and I was the only returning officer,” said Hansen, “I got to watch the freshmen grow throughout the year, and I think that’s what sparked my interest in agricultural education.”

Since the start of her internship, she has helped both students and teachers with a variety of things.

“We set forth some objectives and goals for her, and she has gone above-and-beyond to accomplish them,” said Jim Weninger, FFA instructor at HLWW, “She’s done everything – from working in the garden to pitching stalls. She’s also worked at the farmers market when both Seena [Glessing, agricultural teacher at HLWW] and I were busy.”

During Hansen’s 10-week internship, one week was spent at the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators summer conference.

“The conference was a great way for me to network with other teachers in the profession,” said Hansen.

“There is a shortage of agricultural education teachers in the state. Most of them get scooped up by corporations that pay a lot more than a teaching position does,” explained Glessing, “This internship gives us a chance to get those that are going to college for ag ed interested in becoming teachers.”

The MAELC internships placed seven agricultural education students in seven different schools throughout the state. The interns are paid through MAELC, with the help of a grant from State Teach Ag Results and donations from AgriBank.

“My favorite thing this summer was bonding with the kids. They really made me feel welcome and wanted,” said Hansen.

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