College of Agriculture

Student Earns Second Trip to National Conference

Announced on: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

One year after his first Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) annual conference, senior agriculture business major Jaime Valdovinos was back at the national gathering, this time as a recruiter. Valdovinos travelled to Atlanta from Oct. 6-8, 2018 on a USDA scholarship to participate in the three-day career development and networking symposium.

At the 2017 HACU Conference, Valdovinos attended professional development workshops and a career fair where he networked with large companies and met industry representatives, ultimately obtaining an internship opportunity with the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service (ARS). In the spring of 2018, Valdovinos followed the opportunity to Washington, D.C. His internship with ARS allowed him to serve as a liaison between agricultural companies and students in order to fill positions by communicating with universities. Following the internship in Washington D.C., Valdovinos has continued to work for the agency while at Chico State, and he is grateful to have stumbled upon the opportunity through the HACU Conference. 

This year, the HACU Conference provided a different experience for Valdovinos by serving as a recruiter looking for undergraduate students for the USDA to hire. Gaining a new perspective on the hiring side was monumental, and he said he realized that first impressions have a big impact. He was pleased with the students’ overall preparedness and ability to approach conversations with confidence rather than with nervousness.

The 33rd Annual HACU Conference will be in Chicago from Oct. 5-7, 2019. To learn more about attending the HACU Conference, visit the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities website.