2014 TEAM Success participants pose for a group photo during closing ceremonies at Fort Valley State’s Student Amenities Building on July 17.
An internship at Fort Valley State University provided 16 Georgia students a chance to earn $2100 before school starts this fall. Instead of vacationing, the students spent six weeks of the summer participating in the TEAM Success Program sponsored by FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program.
TEAM is an acronym for Teaching, Enlightening, Achieving and Mentoring. For the duration of the program, the students assisted agents, specialists and program assistants in activities and projects in areas such as horticulture, food and nutrition and financial planning.
“The purpose of the TEAM Success Program is to give opportunities to high school juniors and seniors on exploring the education options offered by the University, the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology and learn about their community through FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program,” said Kena Torbert, family life specialist and coordinator of the TEAM Success Program.
Kayla O’Neal, an18-year old from Albany plans to attend FVSU this fall and major in biotechnology. She said the TEAM Success experience opened her eyes to the area of agriculture.“I really enjoyed it. It taught me a lot since I want to get into the field of agriculture. It exposed me to a lot of things I would not be exposed to such as getting hands on experience with the farmers in the field and getting a chance to see exactly where a lot of the food we eat comes from,” O’Neal said.
For more information about the TEAM Success Program, contact Kena Torbert at 478-825-6573 or firstname.lastname@example.org.