Questions about this concentration can be directed to
Dr. Fred Kolb
Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
AE-120 B Turner Hall
Tess’s job is the perfect combination of work and play. She doesn’t only sit in her office all day, but also gets down and dirty in the greenhouse.
“I enjoy that my job is not just office work, and it's also not just hands-on production work that doesn't require a lot of brain power. It's been a great combination: challenging me to think, but allowing me to go out in the greenhouse and get my hands dirty at the same time.”
She has realized that there is always more to learn in her profession.
“College is learning how to learn; -- how to find solutions to challenges rather than knowing all the answers. For my position, flexibility and the willingness to keep learning are necessary. Those are qualities I have started developing in the last couple of years, but I still have to work on bettering them every day.”
Tess credits her time at Illinois with instilling strong communication skills essential in the workforce.
“My college experience did a lot in helping me develop communication skills. I have found they are necessary in my job, whether I am communicating with my supervisors, the employees under me, or suppliers and customers.”
College of ACES does a wonderful job of promoting and teaching agriculture in a wide variety, Tess says.
“Illinois has a wonderful ag program that provides opportunities for learning in almost any area, through both classes and hands-on experience. There are very mixed opinions of agriculture in our world today, and U of I does a great job in providing accurate concepts of how American agriculture operates and how today’s students, as the future of agriculture, can properly immerse themselves in it.”