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Title: Acknowledgements: U'S'D'A', HispanicServing Institutions Education Grants Program USDAAPHIS and Dr'


1
Jessica Jane BenavidesDr. Doreen KinkelTexas A
M University KingsvilleHow did I end up
here? A structured approach to career awareness,
exploration, and development
Having grown up around ranching and watching my
brother experience the therapeutic benefits from
an 8 year old gelding ignited my passion for
agriculture and children with disabilities.  I
was a typical high school student until I
embarked on my interest in large animals.  I had
rose colored glasses on when I graduated from
high school and launched into college to become a
veterinarian for large animals and start my own
hippotherapy program.  I was determined to
embrace any challenge, but what I did not know
was about the many other opportunities and
possibilities to work with large animals other
than becoming a veterinarian and I could still
help people with disabilities.  Through
involvement in a structured approach to career
awareness, exploration, development, and
internships, I realized that is far more that I
can do than I had ever imagined while in high
school.
  • Where Ive Been
  •  ? job shadowed ementor for 5 days in Minnesota
  • where I observed, assisted, learned what Dr.
    Shaw's
  • position entailed we drew blood to assess a
    problem
  • with a herd of cattle in Northern Minnesota we
    gave
  • immunizations to cattle (May 2005)
  • ? summer job with Webb County Soil and Water
  • Conservation District 337, Laredo, TX (May-July
  • 2005)
  •  
  • ? attended National Career Fair and Training
  • Conference of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural
  • Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), St.
  • Louis, MO (April 2006) 
  •  ? selected to attend national conference for
  • National Organization for Professional Hispanics
    in
  • the Natural Resources Conservation Service,
    Orlando,
  • Where I am Now
  • ? changed major to Agriculture Science
  • with minor in Plant/Soil Science
  • ? continue participation with MANRRS
  • ? currently work for Kleberg-Kenedy
  • County Soil and Water Conservation
  • District 356 in partnership with USDA-
  • NRCS district provides conservation
  • practices to producers and assistance to
  • NRCS office work with children,
  • teachers, school districts, farmers and
  • ranchers from both counties
  • ? Impact
  • ? through MANRRS my imagination has
  • reached new heights, I've met people

Where I am Going ? the past 3 years at TAMUK
have been full of truly life changing
experiences ? I hope to provide assistance
to farmers and ranchers with their use of their
land ? I desire to teach children and young
adults the importance of our natural resources
as my grandparents, parents, the natural
resources professionals, and most importantly,
my brother, have taught me ? though my plan,
to become a veterinarian, has changed, my dream
to help the community of physically and
emotionally challenged children and adults
through hippotherapy has stayed the same and I
will continue this even as I pursue my
professional activities
  • Where I started
  • High school/before college
  •   ? took agriculture elective classes
  • ? participated in FFA
  •  
  • ? showed animals in Laredo
  • International Fair and Exposition and
  • competed as Fair's Queen
  • Entering college/freshman year at
  • Texas AM University-Kingsville
  • ?  planned to become a veterinarian
  • and start hippotherapy program
  • ? prepared Career Portfolio including
  • assessments to explore who I was (Personality
  • Profiler), managing emotionally (Emotional

As I have progressed through my studies, my
classes, participated in conferences, and gained
work experience, I have found my true passion to
enhance the lives of people, animals, both
livestock and wildlife, by being a part of
preserving our natural resources and augment the
benefits that animals bring to our lives.
USDA-CSREES Grant Number 2003-38422-13333 Use of
E-mentoring, Job Shadowing, and Professional
Conferences in a Structured Approach to Career
Awareness, Exploration, and Development
Acknowledgements U.S.D.A., Hispanic-Serving
Institutions Education Grants Program USDA-APHIS
and Dr. Sheryl Shaw Laredo SWCD supervisor, NRCS
District Conservationist Flavio Garza, Jr.
Kingsville SWCD supervisor, NRCS District
Conservationist Robert W. Schmidt Alice NRCS
supervisor District Conservationist Felix Saenz
TAMUK Professor Dr. Doreen Kinkel Photographer
Jose de Jesus Paredes The Jesus Benavides Mi
Ranchito Mio Ranch.
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