The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech is committed to preparing students for success in professions that include formal and non-formal teaching and learning in agriculture, as well as skills for leading agricultural organizations and communities.
Our undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences is a unique program that allows students to work with a faculty advisor to experience an interdisciplinary program of study designed to address the growing needs of today’s evolving agricultural and food systems. This includes preparation for a variety of employment opportunities. The major complements and supports several new innovative minors on campus, including leadership and social change, and civic agriculture and food systems. This degree can prepare students for entry into many exciting career fields, or it can be used as an excellent pathway to enter and excel in graduate and professional programs.
Graduate degrees in the department are grounded in a personal relationship between student and advisor. Completing a graduate degree in agricultural, leadership, and community education at Virginia Tech will give students a distinct advantage in the job market as well-prepared professionals.
Our Leadership and Social Change minor is designed to give students a head start in attaining leadership positions as young professionals. Not only do students learn the basics of leadership theory and practice, but they apply leadership concepts in a experiential environment so the leadership lessons “stick” and are there to draw on in a future career.
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We look forward to discussing your future as a student in agricultural, leadership and community education at Virginia Tech!
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has dedicated a historic marker in Lee County to recognize the work of William H. Starnes. The marker reads; "Starnes established a successful framework for the practice of scientific farming in the tri-state region, beginning in 1924. Starnes traveled extensively to remote farms and gave evening lectures that attracted many farmers from across the region, including parts of Tennessee and Kentucky." Starnes also founded the agricultural department at Thomas Walker High School and the Ewing Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.