Ed L. Thompson, Jr.
Lexington Community College, 1990
Ed L. Thompson, Jr. began his career with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1987 as a Student Trainee in 1988. He obtained an associate in science degree from Lexington Community College (LCC), now known as Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). Mr. Thompson initially enrolled at the University of Kentucky (UK), but quickly transferred to LCC to complete his basic undergraduate studies. He later transferred back to UK and received a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy in 1993.
During his 28 years with the USDA, Mr. Thompson has served as a technical professional with the NRCS, and is currently a program manager with the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. Mr. Thompson is responsible for student recruitment and retention in the fields of agriculture science and technology, and as a liaison for services to individuals and groups through USDA and the 1890 Land Grant Program. He also administers the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program, and is responsible for coordinating all USDA outreach programs within the state of Kentucky. He uses his previous experiences to work with students, faculty and staff in preparing graduates for employment with the USDA and private sector agricultural based industries.
Mr. Thompson attributes completing a college degree to choosing the right environment. "LCC let me focus on pursuing my degree while allowing me to juggle my part-time career with USDA. The small classroom setting prepared me to transfer to a larger institution setting."