Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence Newsletter

January | 2023

Washington PAS State Conference

Walla Walla Community College is hosting the PAS State Conference this year at the Water & Environmental Center on February 1st, 2023.

PAS is a one-of-a-kind national collegiate-level competition-style learning model that gives students the practical and hands-on development opportunities essential for career success. Students compete at the local, state, and national levels and are guided by faculty advisors to develop the technical, professional, and soft skills required for career success within the agriculture industry.

Students will be competing in various events; including, prepared speaking, impromptu speaking, and mock interviews.

Community and technical colleges that have agriculture and or natural resources programs are encouraged to participate! If you are interested in sending your students to PAS, please connect with Debbie Frazier at [email protected]

Participating colleges:

  • Columbia Basin College
  • Walla Walla Community College
View Agenda Here
Learn More About PAS

Washington Conservation Districts

If you are interested in engaging with your local conservation district to learn more about upcoming events, podcasts, farm resources, and employment opportunities, please visit the Washington State Conservation Commission below!

Washington State Conservation Commission

Welcome Mackenzie Forney, our new Agriculture Intern!

Mackenzie is the Agriculture Data Intern for the Agriculture and Natural Resource Center of Excellence (ANR). With an extensive background in agriculture, she is thrilled to play a part in promoting agriculture and natural resources in the workforce. Mackenzie completed her AA in Agriculture Economics from Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) and transferred to the University of Idaho in 2021. After spending two summers working in the sweet corn fields for Syngenta, she found her true career interest and transferred back to WWCC. Mackenzie is currently enrolled in the BAS in Agricultural Systems-Ag Business emphasis program and will be graduating with an Animal Science certificate as well this spring. Some personal interests of hers include horseback riding, gardening, and making western jewelry.

Walla Walla County Conservation District Annual Meeting

Walla Walla County Conservation District is holding their annual meeting on January 25th, 2023 at the Walla Walla Airport. Doors will open at 8 and the meeting starts at 8:30. The meeting will include partner updates and the chance to earn 3 pesticide credits for both Washington and Oregon. Coffee and pastries along with lunch will be served.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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Connecting Students to Careers in Agriculture and Natural Resources

Careers in agriculture and natural resources are in high demand in Washington State. Visit our Job Board to explore industry snapshots, job positions statewide or to submit a job description!

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January Agriculture and Natural Resource Employment Snapshot

Pathways to Excellence 

Looking for a great career opportunity? Whether you're starting to think about career options or looking to change careers, Washington community and technical colleges have the agriculture and natural resource programs to support your pathway to a high-demand career in agriculture and natural resources! 

Pathways to Excellence Program Guide

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