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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

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Promoting the Agriculture Teaching Profession

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Online Ag Ed Course for your 11/12 Grade Students through Murray State University

TEACHERS - A great opportunity for promoting the teaching profession to your students!  Please take time to print this message and give to your interested juniors/seniors.  October 13th is the deadline.  Thank you.  Dean
The need for agriculture literacy continues to grow at a rapid rate within our county, city, state, and country and the need for quality agriculture educators and leaders continues to increase at an exponential rate.  Therefore, a class (as a special project at Murray State University School of Agriculture) has been developed to help in preparing and creating future quality agriculture educators. 
AED 104 – Introduction to Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Life Knowledge ® will provide your upperclassmen with the opportunity to gain three (3) hours of elective college credit while enrolled in their respected high school program.  The students will work independently with myself (via web) to create a lesson, observe teachers within the school, develop a leadership/team building/goal setting workshop, etc. through the utilization of the National FFA Life Knowledge program. 
This three hour elective college credit will be at a reasonable cost of $130 (thirty for registration and one-hundred for enrollment).  During the semester the students will be asked to attend two workshops that are away from their school and home setting: (1) Those attending the National FFA Convention will have the opportunity to attend one of the many two hour trainings simultaneously throughout the convention on the Life Knowledge curriculum (the university will provide an alternate option for students who cannot attend); and (2) a day set for final assessment (December 9) at the Murray State University campus.  The students will receive their own Murray State email and will have access to our Blackboard web assignments.  Many of the assignments will be corresponded via email or blackboard.  Although this class will have the academic depth and rigor of a college course, it is not anticipated to burden their current studies.
We would encourage your involvement in the student’s performance.  The opportunity to allow the student to teach to your freshman, create a leadership workshop to recruit middle school students, or even the development of a Food For America program will be superb examples of student achievement in this course.  To show our commitment, Murray State University, under the development of this special project, will provide all agriculture teachers with a stipend for their enrollment of four (4) or more students.
Any student interested needs to mail me the following items by October 13:
  • A check for $100
  • A check for $30
  • A Completed admissions application (Adobe file attachment)
In addition, the high school counselor will need to send the following information to Mrs. Stacy Bell, Murray State Admissions, 113 Sparks Hall, Murray, KY  42071:
  • A copy of their ACT scores of 14 or higher (if an ACT is scheduled, then a letter written by agriculture teacher will suffice)
  • A letter from a school principal or guidance counselor approving the enrollment of this class (a template letter is provided)
  • A high school transcript
This program has the potential to increase agriculture awareness and help our young incoming agriculture teachers excel in their pre-tenure years.  My goal is that these students will become an asset to your program and open their eyes to a profession that each of us are passionate about.   I look forward to working with each of your students and I am available to answer all of your questions via email or telephone (270) 809-7057.  Thank you,
Stacy Vincent, visiting professor
Murray State University
School of Agriculture
103 Applied Science South
Murray, Kentucky 42071
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