Corey Fortin named K-State 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni

For the second year in a row, a graduate from the department of agricultural economics has been selected to receive the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni Board’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Corey Fortin, a 2006 agribusiness graduate, is one of the new recipients of the award.

Fortin currently is a commissioned member of the U.S. Foreign Service with the United States Agency for International Development in Uganda. USAID is the lead government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient democratic societies to realize their potential.

Fortin’s position with USAID started him in Kenya as the Agricultural Development Officer, and now he resides in Kampala, Uganda. He describes a typical day of work as extremely variable, with many different tasks to complete. A majority of his time goes to devising and implementing agricultural development strategies in eastern Africa. Fortin enjoys the variability of his days because projects range from rural youth to improved seed varieties and task forces created to accomplish a specific US government priority.

Fortin’s journey to his current position was not an easy one. “I graduated with my master’s degree from the University of Arkansas during the 2008 economic downturn. I applied for over 75 jobs and had more than 10 interviews. It took me 11 months to find a job; but I found my dream job, so the wait was worth it. Thankfully, I was able to keep working as a research assistant for my major professor in Arkansas during the 11 months of job searching.”

While he was in college, Fortin was an active leader for the College of Agriculture. He was part of Student Senate, Agricultural Council, an Ag Ambassador, Collegiate 4-H and Alpha Zeta Honorary. He is a native of Oberlin, Kan.

Matt Wolters (’03) was a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and also a graduate of the department.

Information about the alumni association’s distinguished young alumni program can be found here.

Original article source.


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