Each fall, Aims agriculture students represent Aims Community College at the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. The contest represents the culmination of student training by college professors who are experts in dairy-product evaluation. A group of industry experts selects the six products to be judged in each of the six categories and evaluates them using the same attributes and scoring values taught by the coaches.
The six dairy products that are evaluated include 2% fluid milk, butter, cheddar cheese, vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese and strawberry-flavored Swiss-style yogurt. During the competition, the students utilize their method-honed sensory skills and standardized scorecards to evaluate the quality of the products and score them. Teams and individuals that score closest to the expert evaluations are honored with awards.