Reginald Higgins begins his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Walking across the stage to receive his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Alcorn State University was a joyous moment for alumnus Reginald Higgins. He, like many college graduates, immediately started planning his next move, which was to land a decent job soon after graduation. Not only did he land a job two months after completing college, but he also got a job of his dreams.

Higgins accepted the commodity grader position with the United States Department of Agriculture in Memphis, Tennessee. His duties will be testing cotton to make sure it has the correct fibers to meet quality standards for what it is used for.

When Higgins explored the department for the first time, he knew that it was the place he wanted to be. He said that he’s eager to learn new skills on a daily basis.

“When I did my tour of the cotton facility, I saw that it was so much to learn. There are so many departments that I can look forward to working with, so I think I will be looking forward to doing a different job everyday.”

Because of his experience in agriculture at Alcorn, Higgins is confident in his ability to go in and be a quality employee.

“I plan to go in ready to learn and do my best at whatever they need me to do because this is my career, and I want to put my best foot forward. My goal is to establish myself as a reliable person who exceeds expectations.”

Higgins is enthusiastic about starting his career.

“It feels great to start my career right after college,” said Higgins. “I was worried that nothing would come my way, but being patient was the key. I am very proud to have this opportunity.”

Higgins said that his long-term goal is to become either a quality assurance manager, area director or a deputy administrator.

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