Lakeland lessons continue to inspire agribusiness alumna

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December 11, 2019
Agribusiness alumna Makayla Moen was drawn to Lakeland’s Vermilion campus because of the rodeo team and opportunity to study both business and agriculture simultaneously.
Makayla Moen
She liked the community so much, she ended up staying. Now, using the lessons she learned during her time at Lakeland, Moen works with local farmers, ranchers and commercial members as a credit analyst in the lending department at the Vermilion Credit Union.

Moen started her business studies at another post-secondary institution but found that it didn’t quite fit. She had grown up with her family in Elrose, Sask., and had always been involved in agriculture and found herself missing the comforting familiarity. After hearing good things about Lakeland’s rodeo team and agribusiness program, she made the decision to transfer.

“I knew it just wasn’t quite perfect for where I wanted to be,” she explains, adding that Lakeland made the transfer process really easy. “I think that was the best decision I ever made, transferring to Lakeland.”

The biggest difference she found on campus had nothing to do with rodeo, however; it was the instructors she met.

“They really encourage you to get involved. It helps socially and you meet a lot of other students. I have connections now with people from all over Canada and made so many good friends.”

While completing the agribusiness program’s livestock stream, she was also involved with the rodeo team and the agribusiness case study competition team, and was a Resident Assistant.

The instructors didn’t just encourage her to get involved, though. They also got involved themselves, which Moen had not experienced in her previous studies.

“It’s not just class time, if there’s an event going on at the school, the instructors are there. They know your name and where you’re from. You’re not just another student, they really care and are there to help each student reach their full potential.”

After graduating in 2018, Moen began working at the Vermilion Credit Union, and says everything she learned at Lakeland has helped her along the way, from training to the work she does now.

“Coming out of college and getting a job was scary,” she says. “But whenever I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing, I’d remember what I learned in class or on assignments dealing with similar situations and it set me up to succeed really well. There wasn’t a course or a class that wasn’t relevant. I feel like 20 years down the road, I’ll still somehow remember my instructors’ voices and the lessons I learned.”

Even the lessons that don’t directly apply to the work she does now still help her relate to the members she serves.

“If you’re having a conversation with a farmer, it’s nice to have that knowledge of agronomy or livestock production for example. It really helps me connect with the member. A farmer doesn’t necessarily want to deal with someone who doesn’t know agriculture and it helps that I come from an agricultural background.”

She says she’s happy to have been given the opportunity to stay in Vermilion and for deciding to transfer to Lakeland.

“If it wasn’t for Lakeland, I wouldn’t be where I am,” she says. “I 100 per cent recommend the agribusiness program. It’s important for people to know just how involved you get to be at Lakeland. You’re not just sitting at a desk all day. You’re at the Student-Managed Farm (-- powered by New Holland) feeding cattle or you’re planning the Pop-Up Shop. You’re doing a retail store case study or even organizing Band in the Sand. You’re using your own creativity to learn. It’s very involved and I miss it.”
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree