The second Kayla Schwertner stepped into a 4-H ring, she knew the organization was one she wouldn’t soon forget. Now, the Tarleton State grad has assumed the role of extension agent for the 4-H and youth development programs in Midland County as part of the Texas Agrilife Extension Service.
Schwertner is a Waco-area native, and graduated from Tarleton State University in December with a bachelor of science in agriculture and consumer sciences. She also has a minor in agriculture communications. Of course, Schwertner assumed that finding a job in her field of study would be a challenge, so she was shocked to have found a position so soon after graduating. She adds, “It’s hard to find a job you actually went to school for.”
Schwertner was active in both 4-H and FFA all throughout school, and started raising and showing animals in the third grade. She began with swine, and then moved onto goats, then heifers and steers. In her new position with 4-H, Schwertner will oversee the programs and work with adult volunteers. She wants people to realize that 4-H isn’t just about livestock; there are other areas of interest like fashion, photography, robotics, and more. The idea is to teach students responsibility and accountability.
As the 4-H agent, Schwertner is hopeful that students will come to her for advice or help with problems, much like she often did with her own 4-H agent when she was in school.
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