Unlocking Career Pathways: USDA and IRS Present Exciting Opportunities for Students & the Community at Coahoma Community College

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BY JASALYN K. LUCAS | APR 2, 2024

(Clarksdale, Mississippi) — On March 26, 2024, Coahoma Community College Career & Technical Education Department hosted a special event featuring representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This unique opportunity gave students insight into various career paths within these esteemed government agencies.

The event aimed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the missions, roles, and career opportunities within the USDA and IRS. Representatives from both agencies showcased their departments’ work, highlighting their critical roles in serving communities nationwide.

“We’re thrilled to host representatives from the USDA and IRS at Coahoma Community College,” said Dr. Larry Webster, Dean of Career and Technical Education. “This event underscores our commitment to providing students with valuable resources and opportunities to shape their future careers. By showcasing the diverse career paths within these agencies, we aim to inspire and empower our students to make a meaningful impact in their communities.”

During the USDA session, students learned about opportunities involving traveling across the nation to rural and urban communities, conducting research in agricultural fields, assisting farmers, ranchers, and implementing food safety initiatives. They were also introduced to the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program, aimed at increasing the number of students from rural and underserved communities in food, agriculture, and related sciences.

The IRS session engaged students in a dynamic discussion about the agency’s ongoing transformation and its pursuit of bright talent. Students learned about the IRS’s commitment to modernizing operations, embracing new technologies, and its robust internship programs leading to potential full-time career positions upon graduation. The representative highlighted the agency’s diverse array of career paths spanning various fields.

After the informational session, students had the opportunity to participate in focused sessions with representatives from the USDA and IRS for in-depth discussions and information exchange about career paths, qualifications, and professional development opportunities. Through interactive presentations and Q&A sessions, students gained deeper insights, empowering them to make informed decisions about their future careers.

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