CSU, Chico

Corey Thompson, Agriculture Science/Education

Corey Thompson, Agriculture Science/Education

Corey Thompson, Agriculture EducationWhen he’s not hunting and fishing or hanging out with friends, Corey Thompson is preparing for his future as a high school agriculture teacher.

"In 10 years I see myself facilitating an active agriculture program and celebrating success in growing a program and making it work to its full potential," Thompson said.

A senior at ChicoState, Thompson plans to enter the credential program and become a teacher in the next year and a half.Working in the agriculture industry has always been one of Thompson’s interests, since he grew up in the small agriculture industry of Tulelake, Calif., and watching his grandparents farm horseradish.

After attending Shasta College for two and a half years, Thompson chose to pursue his agriculture degree at Chico State for many reasons.

"I liked the recruiting team and a lot of my friends go here," Thompson said."I also enjoy the family-like environment, hands on approach and small class sizes."

When he isn’t pounding the books, Thompson is an active member of College Future Farmers of America, and Society of Agriculture Managers.In the past few months he was chairman of mechanics for the FFA Field Day at the University Farm.

Like many people in agriculture, Thompson plans to take what he has learned at Chico State, and bring it back home.

"That’s my overall goal," Thompson said."Making it back to my home high school and teaching – playing a role in the community."

A few professors Thompson credits for helping him take those dreams and make them reality are Professors Patrick Doyle, Wes Patton and Brad Dodson at Chico State, and Jeff Cummings and Stan Gordon at Shasta College