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NMSU Students Coming to Learn About Local Agricultural Programs

LAS CRUCES - A busload of New Mexico State University students is coming to town this week to learn more about agricultural, technical and extension education.

Agricultural and extension education (AXED) students from NMSU's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will cover more than 1,000 miles on Texas highways Sept. 14-16 to visit county Cooperative Extension Service offices, and vocational-technical programs in public schools and colleges.

The field trip is part of an intensive, 4-5 week course on teaching methods, said Thomas Dormody, AXED department head at NMSU.

"We want to show our students a "day in the life" of an agriculture or technology teacher, or a Cooperative Extension Service agent," Dormody said.

The bus will carry four faculty members, 19 undergraduate and three graduate students. At the end of the course, each student will begin an 11-week internship for practical experience prior to graduation.

"This trip will serve as a good preparation for their internships." said Brenda Seevers, AXED assistant professor at NMSU. "We want students to see programs and activities in other areas to broaden their career focus."

The trip begins in El Paso County with a stop at the county Extension office.

"Many of our students come from rural communities," Seevers said. "But in El Paso, for example, our students will see some Extension programs that are very focused on the urban population to address horticultural issues, water conservation, Xeriscaping and networking with legislative agencies, in addition to traditional Extension programs."

Other stops along the tour of the Lone Star State include Odessa, Ira, Snyder and Lubbock.

For more information about the tour, please contact NMSU's AXED department at (505) 646-4511.