Becca Turnquist Found Her Dream Job in Swift County
Monday, September 30, 2019
Becca Turnquist, Swift County 4-H Program Coordinator, has chosen to grow her career in beautiful Swift County. Raised in the county, she decided to try something new and move to Fargo, North Dakota for college. “I enjoyed my time at North Dakota State University (Go Bison!), but ultimately, Swift County is home, and this is where I want to be,” she said.
During college she had experience working at Fargo Public Schools and could have remained in the area but chose to move back to Minnesota. “Growing up as a Swift County 4-Her is what made me want to come back. When I was nearing the end of my 4-H career and thinking of college and the degree I would pursue, I remember thinking I really loved my life on the farm, showing livestock in 4-H, and getting to meet and work with a lot of other youth and adults. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted a career that would allow me to continue working with 4-H. Initially, I thought might end up as a beef nutritionist or working with livestock genetics. As I went through college, I found myself more interested in working with youth and wanting them to have the same great experience as I did in 4-H, which led me to initially work in schools.”
Initially after college she worked as a grant coordinator that funded after school programs in another Minnesota county, before moving home to work at the high school and family farm. When she was offered a job as the interim 4-H Program Coordinator for the county, she jumped at the opportunity and that led her to apply for the full position. This was truly the fulfillment of a dream she had since childhood. “My career path ultimately led me back to where it all started – the Swift County 4-H,” said Becca.
When asked what she enjoys about her career, Becca said, “I enjoy the relationships I get to make with people. It’s rewarding for me to help young people find their spark in 4-H and watch them grow in their learning and as an individual. I also like the challenge of change. Our organization is constantly changing - adding new programs, changing and updating. While sometimes the changes could seem overwhelming, it keeps the program from becoming stagnant.” In fact, the Swift County 4-H is leading the state in technology innovations. Becca had the opportunity to work with her team on the launch and implementation of the first 4-H app in the state. You can read more about the project here.
Swift County is an Ideal Place to Call Home
Beyond the familiarity of home and the ability to be close to friends and family, Swift County offered Becca a way of life that she truly enjoys. “I like helping on the farm with the fieldwork and cattle. It’s peaceful and truly enjoyable. I couldn’t get that in a big city. Simultaneously, in Swift County I can have that experience on a daily or weekly basis and have a career that I love. I get the best of both worlds,” she said.
The Sky is the Limit
Becca places no limits on the career and life opportunities she has available in Swift County and encourages other millennials to consider living and working here, and to get involved with 4-H when they do. “4-H is a program that depends on the support of volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers in all areas: shooting sports, agronomy, livestock, club leaders, chaperones, youth and adult mentors, projects - the sky is the limit. There is something for everyone in 4-H,” she said.