Youngers Pursues Agriculture Goals at PCC

10 September 2020

Camryn Youngers, a recent Pratt Community College (PCC) gradate has continued her educations goals this semester at Fort Hays State University (FHSU).  
“I moved to La Crosse, KS and worked this summer as a CNA and at Vanderbilt's,” said Youngers. “In the fall I will start at Hays and major in Animal Science/Pre-Vet.” 

Youngers grew up in Dodge City, KS and attended Dodge City High School. Both of Youngers parents work in the agriculture industry. They work at feed yards and raise cattle and horses on their family farm. In high school Youngers worked at a local vet clinic and helped her mom at the feed yard.  

After graduating high school in 2018 Youngers decided it was time to leave home and started looking at community colleges. During her research she was impressed with the agriculture program at PCC.  

“During my visit I meet with Lori and she encouraged me to do more school than I originally planned on,” said Youngers. “The agriculture program was well suited.” 

She spent her time at PCC earning an Associates Degree in Science majoring in agriculture. She was a part of Collegiate Farm Bureau, Block and Bridle, and a manager of the PCC rodeo team. During her sophomore year Youngers place 2nd in the Collegiate Discussion Meet that took place at the Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers conference.  

“A discussion meet is where you sit on a mock panel discussion, you are given a current event question, and then given the opportunity to answer on how you could help the ag industry solve that problem,” said Youngers. “I won 2nd place which I believe was a $500 check.” 

In addition, Youngers received her Master's of Beef Advocacy (MBA) certification by taking an online training course. The course teaches members of the beef community the tools and resources to become a beef advocate and answer tough questions about beef and raising cattle.  

“Lori and Barret are awesome and try their best to get you a summer job, or internship and can help get you a job during the school year,” said Youngers. 

Youngers was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa the second semester of her freshman year. During her sophomore year she served as a resident assistant in Wojciehowski Hall.  

“Living in the dorms was great because without the dorms I wouldn’t have gotten to know as many people as I did.” said Youngers.  

Within the next couple of years Youngers plans to decide whether, or not she will pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.  

PCC offers an agriculture program that has the great advantage of being located in South Central Kansas, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. Students are able to work first hand with livestock and in production situations instead of just learning skills and theories in a classroom.Through a variety of partnerships with area industry, students have opportunities to experience the learning on a daily basis.This focus on hands-on training is apparent in the classroom.

The mission of the Agriculture Program at Pratt Community College is to emphasize student learning while preparing students with the requisite agricultural knowledge base and practical skills to transfer to a four-year college or university, or to successfully enter their chosen agricultural career. 

The mission of Pratt Community College is maximum student learning, individual and workforce development, high quality instruction and service, and community enrichment.