College of Agriculture

Steven Cervantes

student standing in mechanics shop
Resilience is one word that describes Steven Cervantes. The transfer student from Allan Hancock Community College is majoring in agricultural education, with an emphasis in agricultural mechanics and welding. The youngest of four children, Cervantes has seen resilience modeled throughout his life. 

Cervantes grew up around agriculture—his mom worked in a strawberry field and his dad owned a welding business. Watching his dad weld and work with agricultural machines throughout his childhood sparked Cervantes’ passion for mechanics.  

Both of his parents were huge role models in his life. After they passed away, his siblings became his main support system, and he was able to witness their resilience and hard work. One of his sisters is now a doctor, the other a social worker, and his brother is working in mechanics. Their success, and the urging of his high school agriculture teachers, pushed him to pursue college.  

Cervantes’ passion for agricultural education was sparked in his high school Future Farmers of America (FFA) program, where teachers Gabriel Ponce and Hector Guerra influenced and impacted his life. He recalls that they saw potential in him when he failed to see it in himself, and he wants to do the same for his future students.  

 “I have come so far because of my supporters always pushing me to succeed. I appreciate everything that they have done for me,” Cervantes said.   

“The minute I stepped on campus I knew this is exactly where I wanted to go. I was ready for the independence. I felt so comfortable and enjoyed the atmosphere and environment of campus. I am so happy I chose Chico State,” Cervantes said.  

He is looking for new internships and work opportunities related to this future career. He has worked for Greenheart Farms in Arroyo Grande, a wholesale plant nursery where he was a bin repairer for the bins that shipped vegetables and flowers. He eventually transferred to the fabrication side of the business where he became a licensed forklift driver. Cervantes is currently working at FedEx.  

“Agricultural Leadership” (AGRI 380) was his favorite class during the fall 2021 semester. He was able to make valuable connections with other students and his professor, Alyssa Schager.  

“I was nervous for this class because it was my first in-person class at Chico State. Dr. Schager made me feel so comfortable, and the other students were so welcoming, which eased my nerves,” Cervantes said. “I loved being a part of this class.” 

Schager has enjoyed watching Cervantes grow in her class throughout the semester.  

 “Steven is an individual that captivates us with his passion, authenticity, and kindness. He has a heart of gold, and it has been such a gem to have him contribute to discussions and activities in the agricultural leadership course,” said Schager. 

Cervantes has valuable advice for any student in the College of Agriculture at Chico State.  

“Take the time to learn and be patient. Understanding all the course material and challenging yourself to succeed where you will grow. Challenge yourself to be better than how you were before—I hope I can instill this mentality in my future students,” Cervantes said.  

Cervantes is looking for new clubs and activities to join for the spring semester, and for adventuring ideas around Chico. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, focusing on his physical and mental health, and spending time with family.