Joe and Lois Akers of Atchison, Kan., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Akers, to Jason Ferguson, son of Bruce and Lisa Ferguson of Sioux Rapids. Rachel graduated in 2009 from Benedictine College in Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Rachel is employed by Granite Transformations in Des Moines. Jason graduated in 2008 from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is employed as a purchasing agent at Iowa State University.