Dream Big It's Your Career

Deborah Clairmont & Lawrence Shorty


Let's prepare for success! As you prepare for your future career to work in a professional or higher education field you will need some key ingredients to become successful. Leadership begins with a good foundation, understanding how to take the opportunities that come along and making the good choices. Come and see how the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) works and what working with the government can do for your big Dreams. Do you know which internship that is best for your career? How to write a good resume? Come check out the USDA, let's prepare and Dream Big!

Deborah Clairmont

Deborah Clairmont, Muskogee Creek/French Canadian Cree decedent and started my journey with the USDA/NRCS on the Flathead Reservation, Montana as Soil Conservationist. Deborah graduated from the Salish Kootenai College and have a Bachelor of Science-Environmental Science -Environmental Restoration and currently serves as the USDA/NRCS National American Indian Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager (NAIAN SEPM)/ Soil Conservationist in the Normal, Illinois USDA Service Center for a total of ten years. Deborah has worked with the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes in many capacities and with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Cortez, Colorado. She is always happy to share her experiences and wisdom as means to support others on their own personal journeys towards the future.

Lawrence Shorty

Lawrence Shorty has land-grant in his blood being of Mississippi Choctaw and Southwestern Tribal ancestry. Lawrence co-developed the Traditional Tobacco Seed Bank and Education Program at the University of New Mexico where he was its Associate Director. He later worked with two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of New Mexico and with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his Washington, DC-based work at USDA, Lawrence worked as the Director of Public Health Programs at the National Indian Health Board and as the Health Content Specialist serving Tribal Head Start programs. He currently works with the US. Department of Agriculture managing the USDA 1994 Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and University Program, which builds the land grant capacities of tribal colleges and universities.