The 2015 Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy tours the DuPont Pioneer operation in Tipton, Indiana.When they weren't doing coursework on campus, students in the 2015 Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy toured several Indiana agribusiness sites, including the DuPont Pioneer operation in Tipton, Indiana.

Minority high schoolers learn about ag

By Keith Robinson - Published November 6, 2015

Twenty-eight minority high school students visited Purdue University's West Lafayette campus for a program that exposed them to educational and career opportunities in agriculture.

Most of the students in the two-week summer institute, Purdue Agribusiness Science Academy, or PASA, were from northwest Indiana, and all had limited or no direct connection to agriculture. They got involved in learning about science, technology, engineering and math—the so-called STEM areas of education—in agriculture.

"The program exposes students to the wide variety of career opportunities in the field of agricultural sciences that many students might not have known even existed," says Myron McClure, assistant director of the College of Agriculture's Office of Multicultural Programs.

The annual program is open to all high school students entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grades, but the emphasis is on recruiting under-represented minorities such as African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.

This year's program consisted of classroom instruction and laboratory work on campus three days a week and field-day trips twice weekly.