K-State Opens Applications for Animal Science Leadership Academy

Program open to 20 high school students

K-State Research and Extension News Service

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Science and Industry is opening its doors this summer to high school students who want to become leaders in the animal husbandry industry and related careers.

Department officials announced that applications are now open for the Kansas State University Animal Science Leadership Academy, known as KASLA, scheduled for June 21-24 in Manhattan.

The academy is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in grades 9-12. The program is co-sponsored by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, Inc.

Officials said only 20 students will be accepted for the 2023 session to ensure individualized attention from advisors, professors and industry leaders.

“This program is a great opportunity for future leaders in agriculture to visit campus to gain insight into the opportunities offered by our department and the agricultural industry,” said Mike Day, Head of the Department of Animal Science and Agriculture. ‘industry. “This program helps build the future of the livestock industry and we appreciate all of the industry players and companies who contribute to the program to make it a success.”

This is the 14th year of the academy. Applications are due April 15 and can be found at A $50 fee is due upon acceptance; additional costs are covered by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council.

The program itinerary includes interactive workshops, tours, and mentorship time with K-State faculty. Industry leaders will also share their knowledge and expertise. Throughout the week, participants will work in teams to assess current events in the animal science industry, culminating in team presentations.

More information is available by emailing Academy Director Sharon Breiner,[email protected]or by calling 785-532-6533.

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