The primary objective of the Combining Youth Passion and Resources for Environmental Sciences Studies (CYPRESS) Project was to increase awareness and generate interest among minority students regarding agriculture-related careers, in rural SC. The students participated in 4H after-school programs, summer camps, and an Ag-Science course. There were also workshops for teachers and parents for them to support the students. Data from the project were analyzed using pre- and post-survey methods. The results revealed that 26% of 4H after-school participants were interested in pursuing agriculture-related careers; 43% of summer camp participants were interested in pursuing such careers, and 5% of the Ag-Science course participants were interested in pursuing such careers. Despite the low percentage response of the Ag-Science course participants, overall, CYPRESS exposed over 600 students to agriculture-related careers. This is expected to ultimately, have a positive impact on enrollment in agriculture-related majors.
Keywords: Agriculture-Related Careers, Career Model, Career Preparation, 4-H After-School Programs, Minority Students
McCrary-Quarles, Audrey and Mathis, Christopher C. Jr.
"Discovering Agriculture-Related Careers Through Cypress,"
Professional Agricultural Workers Journal:
Available at: https://tuspubs.tuskegee.edu/pawj/vol5/iss2/2