The 2012 Collegiate FFA Convention can be wrapped up in one word…SUCCESS!
The turnout and support were spectacular. As soon as the expo doors opened on that Wednesday of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo, FFA members and guests were immediately asking about Collegiate FFA and its programs and learning how they could be involved.
Adding two additional days to the Collegiate and Alumni Career Fair allowed more members the opportunity to meet with potential employers, seek internships and full-time employment post-graduation and learn what companies are looking for in employees. Thirty-two different companies were in attendance, representing multiple aspects of agriculture.
The collegiate workshops on resume building and budgeting were a hit for everyone. Participants were able to buff up their old resumes and work with career professionals to make improvements based on the information provided. FFA members in the budgeting workshop learned many of the common financial mistakes that college students make on a daily basis and how they can save for their future.
At the various networking events, FFA members were able to mingle not only with members from other universities but with sponsors. People could relax a little and talk in an informal setting. This was a highlight for many people because they were able to spend time learning more about each other while enjoying some great refreshments.
More than 400 people attended the Collegiate House Party at Rock Bottom restaurant. We received more than 100 resumes from our career fair attendees. We were also able to hit the 5,000 mark for the number of ‘likes’ on our Facebook page…check it out and ‘like us.’ Overall this convention and expo was a huge SUCCESS in the world of Collegiate FFA, and we are looking forward to our big move to Louisville in 2013.