Hello! I found your site while searching for information about aquaponics. I apologize for this post ahead of time because it will be a little lengthy in order to explain why I’m here.
My son, who is currently enrolled in college, has struggled a bit with school. Long story short… he is his own biggest obstacle to being successful in college which in turn has left him some what defeated. He has gravitated to an interest in aquaponics even though he hasn’t had any exposure to it yet. He is more of a “doer” and “hands on” learner than a book learner. Honestly, I think he’s trying to stay in college because he feels he needs to be in order to get anywhere in life (my husband and I are college graduates and his sister is currently in college). While there is definitely value in a college degree it isn’t the only way to get to where you want to be.
This finally brings me to my question…is there a suggested path to entering the field of aquaponics that doesn’t require staying enrolled in college? Are there any types of apprenticeships that one can do? He currently is enrolled in a sustainable farming program but he has no desire to be a independent farmer of any kind at this point. If I had to guess what he wound rather do (since he doesn’t give us much to go on in any conversation and anything we do suggest is taken as parental interference🙄), I would say he would rather work for someone.
Thanks for any input anyone can offer. We live in northwestern Pennsylvania and there aren’t any aquaponic businesses near us that I’m aware of where he could work to get a feel for the job/career. Any suggestions would be appreciated.