Founded in 1996, the National Ag Science Center has developed and evolved programs with partners from the Stanislaus community, the ag industry, and educational institutions. Our guiding principle has been to facilitate conversations about the resources we have and how they can help prepare students to successfully enter careers in ag and ag-related fields.

Our Mission

The National Ag Science Center provides students with unique programs in agriculture and science – to promote positive educational experiences and an awareness of career connections and issues important to sustainable agriculture in California.


Meet The Team


Kelsey Acuña

Interim Director

Modesto born and raised, Kelsey Acuña is the Interim Director of the National Ag Science Center after working with the organization as a Donor Development specialist. She is currently obtaining her MBA at UC Davis with a focus on Marketing & Strategy. Kelsey has 3 years of experience working in early childhood education and 2 years of working in the nonprofit sector. She is also a classically trained mezzo-soprano. In her free time you can find her going to live performances, practicing piano, and or curling up with a book and her two cats: Asmo and Tinkerbell. Kelsey is thrilled to lead the National Ag Science Center and to learn more about the ag science world and how NASC can create awareness and opportunities that benefit the Stanislaus community.


Mario Rasim

Outreach Specialist

A Turlock local, Mario is the NASC's technology and outreach specialist. When he is not keeping our website up and running, he can be found practicing guitar. He is currently on his last year at for a bachelor's degree in Marketing at Stanislaus State.