USU holds first 4-H University

Taylor Perry, a participant in the Utah State University's first 4-H University. takes instructions from Jason Romney a USU equine lecturer on how to head the mechanical calf.

Utah University Extension held their first ever 4-H University Saturday. They brought 4-H’ers from all over the state to help participants explore career options and take the intimidation out of being on a college campus.

Taylor Jones from St. George heads a mechanical bull as part of USU’s first 4-H University to help incoming students navigate follege life.

Kelsey Romney, a 4-H youth extension educator at USU, said they limited it to 40 high school students as a test to see if they could generate interest in such an activity.

Students were able to choose out of four options: animal science, STEM, family and consumer sciences, or leadership sessions.

They were asked to evaluate careers in one of the areas. The workshops went from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

For the first attempt at something like this, I was excited it filled up so quickly,” Romney said.  “It was full in a week and a half. We may have to look at doing one twice a year.”

They had eight team leaders ushering students to different sections of interest.

After lunch at the Market Place in the Taggart Student Center, they were invited to participate in tours of campus and in college preparation classes.

The workshops included establishing goals from education to career, how to find scholarships, degree exploration, and the last one was nutrition, using the My Plate system.

My Plate is the current USDA nutrition guide published by their Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. My Plate is a food circle depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into the five food groups. It replaced the USDA’s MyPyramid guide

“One of the benefits of 4-H is the projects the youth participate in can provide them with skills down the road that industry wants and needs,” Romney said.

“It went really, really well,” Romney said as she sifted through the surveys. “Most of the surveys wanted it to last longer so we will look at that.”

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