Jesse Faber, a recent graduate of the agricultural science and leadership education program, works at Pontiac High School in a two-teacher agriculture program. Jesse enjoys his job because it enables him to instruct students in innovative ways.
“I love the looks on their faces when they experience true achievement or learn something new,” Jesse says.
Thanks to the experiences Jesse had in college through the livestock judging team, the meat evaluation team, Hoof-n-Horn club, Collegiate FFA, and Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity, he has been able to better prepare his students in those activities and other career development events. He says the University of Illinois helped prepare him for his future career.
“The U of I provided a great transition to adulthood with real-world, independent living,” he says. “I had exposure to tremendous industry experiences and varied educational environments. The size of the university also enabled me to have contact with various people and personalities in each area, as well as requiring me to learn to be responsible for my own success.”
Jesse believes the agricultural science and leadership education program equipped him to be able to successfully educate and communicate with others in the agriculture industry.
“Every class I took was taught by someone with expertise and passion in their field,” Jesse says. “The large university setting required me to develop independence and personal responsibility while providing experiences that made me a well-rounded individual.”