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Agriculture & Technology Working Together

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Washington County Fair (WCF) is working closely with our Early College Career Academy (ECCA) New Media and IT students. Not only does it give WCF the opportunity to utilize the young minds and their skills but they can show the value of their expertise and knowledge base. New Media students are designing a new fairgrounds map and a TV commercial that will be shown leading up to the fair this summer. Students worked during the 2019 summer fair season by photographing and building up video coverage of all the events at the fair. They are now compiling that footage into a comprehensive media campaign including a commercial for the fair to use as a marketing tool. This is an exciting project to keep an eye on. 

The IT student team is creating infrastructure around a project called The Big Push. Technology will be set up around the cow birthing center. People will be able to see the birth of a calf on a big screen and also through an online link. The fair will have control over the video content allowing them to change the view or turn it off as necessary. 

Rebecca Breese, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager at the Washington County Fair said of the ECCA partnership, “the foundation to the Washington County Fair is to provide agriculture communication to our community. As our industry continues to evolve to include more technology, we have enjoyed our partnership with the students in the Early College Career Academy program who have taken our educational opportunities to new heights!” 

We are making large strides with business partners in the area. In the past year alone, we’ve seen tremendous growth between businesses and our Early College Career Academy students. Small and large companies alike are happy and excited for partnership opportunities. In the hopes that we can keep our students local to continue economic and workforce development, companies can give a unique window into all our area does offer.