IAT student follows family path in farming

Agricultural operations program through the Institute of Agricultural Technology supports long-term plans to study agribusiness management at MSU.

Institute of Agricultural Technology student Drew Rievert.
Institute of Agricultural Technology student Drew Rievert.

The Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) offers students a two-year certificate program in East Lansing, as well as at 12 community college enrollment locations around Michigan.

Drew Rievert is enrolled in the agricultural operations certificate program and associate degree at the Delta College IAT location in University Center, Michigan. A high school agriculture class and a family farming connection first piqued Rievert’s interest in learning more. He is one of the 2020 CANR Alumni Association Scholarship awardees.

IAT graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in agriculture, food processing, animal industries, turf management and electrical technology. Some, like Rievert, will also transfer from IAT to Michigan State University (MSU) to pursue a related bachelor’s program.

Name: Drew Rievert

Hometown: Bay Port, Michigan

Certificate program and location: Agricultural operations at IAT location Delta College

Expected graduation date: Spring 2021

Why did you choose the agricultural operations certificate program and why MSU IAT?

I chose this specific certificate program because I felt that it would best prepare me for a lifelong career in agriculture. This program offers a broad array of courses through required courses and electives that allow students to choose their focus. All courses work hand-in-hand to sculpt the next generation of professionals in agriculture.

Who or what inspired your interest in your program?

My career path in agriculture started immediately in high school with my first class, Intro to Agriculture. From this class and my passion of farming alongside my grandpa on nights and weekends, my future career in agriculture was uncovered and crystal clear.

I chose this Michigan State University IAT program to continue my education and to have the credibility of a phenomenal program like Michigan State agriculture on my side.

What has been one of your best experiences within IAT so far?

My best experiences with the IAT are the friendships and connections that I have been able to make with individuals across the state. I have met a lot of great people and I look forward to staying in connection with them throughout our careers.

What do you want others to know about the IAT program?

This program is a great start for anyone who wants to get into agriculture. IAT allows students to build a great foundation in agriculture. The program also allows them to continue their education by transferring into a bachelor’s degree program at MSU.

Any thoughts or advice for current students?

My advice for current students is to get out and engage in the program, make the time and participate. You will be glad you did.

Each day allows for new opportunities, so take these chances when they arise. You never know where they will lead and what opportunities they will open for you.

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to continue my education with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management from Michigan State University.

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