Dual Credit Ag Program sees success ahead of SA Stock Show & Rodeo

January 25, 2023

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Palo Alto College is now offering dual credit courses in agricultural education. As part of the program, students from Burbank High School had the opportunity to participate in the 60th Annual Bexar County Junior Livestock Show, held over the winter break.

Student competitors placed show hogs and qualified for the Bexar County Auction and Sale, making at least $1,450 and representing their high school and Palo Alto College to the highest degree. 

"I am so proud to have worked with these students, and for 100% of them to make the sale is a great accomplishment," said Ty Chumbley, lead instructor for PAC's agriculture program. 

The students will also represent the Burbank High School chapter of FFA (Future Farmers of America) this spring as their first livestock judging team in over 20 years and the first FFA Career Development Events team Burbank has fielded in some time. 

Getting the students to this level was a team effort as PAC's Agriculture Department rallied to create a group of advocates who donated time and resources, including purchasing show pigs, feed, medicine, and supplies. 

Ty Chumbley credits much of these efforts to PAC Adjunct Professor Steve Chumbley and looks forward to strengthening the collaboration with ISD partners to benefit their agriculture students.

"Steve Chumbley has gone above and beyond to show his support and dedication, committing many nights and weekends towards the success of our ag students," said Ty Chumbley. "This truly embodies what it means to be part of Palo Alto Agriculture and what kind of influence we can have in these students' lives. This momentum and dedication will continue to help this partnership and program grow into the future." 

Palo Alto College's agriculture program is committed to providing strong academic preparation for those seeking careers in the diverse agricultural and natural resources management area. To learn more, visit alamo.edu/pac/agriculture.

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