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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..

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1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
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Ag Mechanics Graduate Level Summer Course - WIU - in District 5

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Thank you to everyone that has responded to my email on 2/7/07.  We will soon be making a decision on a date and location.  I received these RSVP's so far:

Option 1 - July 26, 27, 30, 31, and August 1
1- Jestun Nutter - Heyworth
2- Travis Tarr - Newton
3- Amy Tarr - North Clay
4- Mike Flahardy - Frankfort
5- Travis Jumper - Jacksonville
6- Jamie Van Dyke - Olney

-Option 2 - August 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
1-Mehgan Farley - Sparta
2-Jennifer Jones - Pinckneyville

-Option 1 or 2
1-Tim Reed - Southwestern
2-Jesse Faber - Eureka

Student Teacher Waiting List
1-Christina Rosentreter
2-Jackie Heck
3-Cathy Jordan
4-Rylan Rusk
5-Toni French

Interested School Hosts
-East Richland at Olney

If you are interested in taking the course, please contact me at  - [email protected]  or 618/257-8272.  Indicate the best time for you to take the course - option 1 or option 2 by Friday, March 30th.  After March 30th, a date and location will be chosen. 

Western Illinois University will be offering Ag Ed 520, a 3-hour graduate level course in Agricultural Mechanics this summer. This is a contracted course with the Ag. Ed. Line Item and is free to participants.  Yes, it is FREE!  

The course will consist of five 8-hour days.   Each 8 hour class will cover a different skill area within agricultural mechanics.  Useful teaching aids for successful subject delivery will be demonstrated and developed in each session.  The exact subject areas taught will be determined by a survey of enrolled teachers.  Topics taught in this summer’s class included: welding, small gas engines, electrical wiring practices, carpentry, and building construction skills.  The evaluations of the course have been excellent, it has been a great asset to the teachers who have taken it.   Teachers that have attended rave about the course and instructor, Dr. Buck Tillotson.  Buck is an Associate Professor in Agricultural Technology Management at Western Illinois University. 

We must have 12 enrolled to offer the course and a maximum enrollment of 18.  It will fill up fast so do not wait until the last minute to reserve your spot in the class.  

Thank you.

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education
District 5 Program Advisor 
Farm Credit Services Building
2560 Mascoutah Ave.
Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 257-8272
(618) 233-7954 fax 
[email protected]

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