ALVARADO — A Midlothian graduate is taking the final steps toward graduating from Tarleton State University during an internship in Alvarado.

James Robert Hatcher is less than a week away from earning his bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural services and development and is interning at Colorado River Concrete L.P.

Hatcher said he likes the agricultural services and development program at Tarleton State University for several reasons.

“It is a smaller school and it has a good agricultural program and that is what I am interested in,” Hatcher said.

The soon-to-be graduate first became interested in agriculture because he liked being outside and used to raise animals.

“I raised pigs in high school,” Hatcher said. “I tried it for a little while when I started at Tarleton, but I was too far away from home to do it.”

That early interest led him to the internship and to something he said he will be able to do during the next stage of his life.

“This internship is really important,” Hatcher said. “This is probably what I will do when I graduate.”

Hatcher is working in quality control while on his internship with Colorado River Concrete L.P., which manufactures Ready Mix concrete. Hatcher, who has been in Alvarado for about two months, will complete his 10-week student internship and earn his degree Aug. 4. Hatcher has already been offered a job by the concrete company.

“I am going to live in Stephenville and work out at their Stephenville plant,” Hatcher said.