Ag Ed Graduate Student Spotlight: Charles Anderas
by Ethan Dado, University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Junior
Charles (Chuck) Anderas is an Agricultural Education graduate student at the U of M. He worked for several years in agriculture industry gaining real-world experience, but then his plans changed. “I switched focus academically from my undergraduate degree, so where I want to go professionally required me to get more training,” Chuck said while talking about why he wanted to continue to graduate school.
Chuck plans to go into agricultural development work overseas. He has the background and practical experience from his time working in the field. He wanted to learn as much as he could about education and in particular adult non-formal education, and he plans to be able to empower farmers to face difficult challenges by providing them with the right tools and hope.
This past summer, Chuck worked closely with John Vreyens and the Extension’s Global Initiatives program to help improve global agriculture. “I helped write a literature review on the best practices for modernizing post-secondary agriculture education and training (AET) in developing countries using Morocco as a case study. I learned about gender inequality in AET, professional development, credentials, entrepreneurship training, and other topics within international AET,” he said.
He hopes to use this experience moving forward. Chuck recently accepted a position in Rwanda with the Mennonite Central Committee to teach a methodology called Farmer Field Schools. He will be moving to Rwanda once he graduates in May to start this program.
Chuck found his love for agriculture and teaching others by taking many diverse courses while in college. His advice for students is, “Try to take a wide range of classes to try to become a well-rounded person intellectually. Enjoy your time here.” He has enjoyed his experiences at the University of Minnesota and is excited to continue his career in Rwanda. He credits the University for helping him gain the skills necessary to succeed in a global industry.
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