The Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology (AECT) develops its students into agricultural professionals by targeting each individual's interest.
The faculty and staff's main priority is the students. The advisors are known for their development advising and have been recognized through many awards. The open-door policy in faculty offices makes students feel welcome to ask questions throughout the semester - whether academic or personal.
The department has a family atmosphere students can always feel safe and comfortable in. Students in the department spend time between classes in the AECT office where resources are available specifically to help students with their classes. There are even have free donuts on Wednesday!
It is our job to not only develop students into professionals so they are workforce ready after graduation, but to help students in their personal development and growth. College can be tough, but we are here to assist students with their endeavors and working towards their goals.
Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology Major
This major focuses on developing individuals who will contribute to the continued success of the agriculture industry. Graduates are skilled in education, communication and technology management. Many become the leaders of technological change in agriculture.
Graduates are in high demand as teachers of agriculture and the related sciences in the nation's schools. A shortage of teachers of agriculture has existed for several decades. As programs continue to expand and new programs are added, this trend will continue.
This program is designed to produce graduates with strong interpersonal and public communications skills combined with technical knowledge about the food and fiber industry. Agricultural communication students develop skills necessary to communicate effectively with producers, consumers and policy makers about topics and issues related to agriculture.
The agricultural leadership concentration is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in community, state, and national agricultural organizations and agencies. Possible career opportunities include management, development and training, customer relations, public policy, lobbying, Cooperative Extension Services, and banking.
This program prepares individuals for technical careers in agricultural industries and businesses, production agriculture and allied organizations. The program prepares students as problem solvers in the application, management and marketing of agricultural technology. Learn more
Every student coming through the AECT program must complete at least three internship credit hours. Internships provide students with opportunities to apply what they are learning and to network with potential employers and professionals in their area of interest. Learn more about the internship in extension.