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A Watershed Moment for Students

All too often, limited financial resources pose a barrier to completing undergraduate or graduate degrees. A program led by California State University-San Bernardino offered financial support to help students develop skills needed to pursue careers in natural resources and watershed management.

Undergraduate and graduate students from 18 Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California were selected to receive experiential and career learning experiences in STEM subjects such as coastal and watershed science, biology, and geography. In addition to classroom studies, conferences, and professional workshops, and K-12 and community outreach events, students received internships at USDA agencies, to include the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The program reached 213 undergraduate and graduate students, achieving a 97 percent retention rate. The program placed 68 students in USDA jobs, 128 students in non-USDA jobs, and 17 students entered graduate programs. To date, participating students have garnered 83 degrees including 53 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, and one doctoral degree.

Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers was supported through NIFA’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Read more about the Watershed Management Experiential Learning program.

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