Agriculture News

September 14, 2016

Boiler Bridge to connect Purdue campus, Extension to communities statewide

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A statewide series of community events hosted by Purdue University's College of Agriculture will help college-curious youth and parents learn more about all fields of study at Purdue while showcasing local Purdue Extension programs.

Free and open to the public, Boiler Bridge events are intended to connect the Purdue University campus to communities throughout Indiana.

Purdue academic counselors will be available to answer questions concerning college costs, available scholarships, financial aid, campus life, career opportunities, placement resources and more.

Youth interested in college and their parents can also gain specific details about different paths through junior high or high school that could serve as springboards to Purdue academic degrees. Parents can also find out more about important application dates, campus housing options and Purdue dining.

Experts will be able to answer questions about any field of study at Purdue.

"Boiler Bridge is a comprehensive, one-stop, local event for students and parents to learn more about all Purdue can offer them," said Jason Henderson, director of Purdue Extension and associate dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture.

"But it's about much more than campus academics and facilitating the next generation of Boilermakers. Boiler Bridge illustrates how Purdue encourages lifelong learning across Indiana. It's intended for teenagers considering college, parents raising young children, adults who want to improve communities and anyone eager to learn more about Purdue's resources to transform lives and livelihoods for the better."

Local youth from Indiana 4-H Youth Development clubs will demonstrate science programs. Members of Purdue Extension's Master Gardener and Extension Homemaker programs will offer information regarding their community programs, while representatives from Purdue's agricultural centers will discuss their work.

Purdue's College of Health and Human Sciences will have tables to discuss academic opportunities, as well as family and wellness resources available through its Extension department.

Area members of Purdue Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching also will be available to discuss their organization. PCARET is a grass-roots group of Indiana citizens advising Purdue and advocating on the university's behalf with legislators and decision-makers.

Those interested are encouraged to register for the event of their choice by emailing

Cities, times, dates and locations of upcoming Boiler Bridge events are as follows:

* Auburn: 6:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Oct. 27; Middaugh Hall, 708 S. Union St.

* Brazil: 7 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Oct. 18; Clay County Fairgrounds, 6650 N. SR 59

* Indianapolis: 6:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 12; Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St.

* Logansport: 6:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Oct. 20; Cass County Fairgrounds 4-H Community Center, 2281 E. CR 125 N.

* Lynnville: 5:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, Oct. 17; Tecumseh High School, 5244 West SR 68

* New Castle: 6:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 26; Henry Township Community Center, 1201 Church St.

* North Vernon: 6:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Oct. 25; Jennings County Public Library, 2375 IN-3

* Plymouth: 6:30 p.m. EDT, Monday, Sept. 19; Swan Lake Resort, 5203 Plymouth LaPorte Trail

* Salem: 6:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 20; Cornerstone Hall, 1500 E. RC Morris Drive

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Writer: Nick Rogers, 765-496-0108,

Source: Jason Henderson, 765-494-8489,

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