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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..

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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..

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Rend Lake College Summer Program for Students

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Rend Lake College is offering at least eighteen students an opportunity to participate in a special summer program that will introduce you to careers in manufacturing. In particular, we are looking for a few good students who are interested in careers in welding and industrial machine/equipment maintenance.

-will introduce you to great career opportunities in Welding, Industrial Electronics and Maintenance, and Coal Mining.

-participants will attend class Tuesday– Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will participate in field trips to employer sites on Fridays during the month of June. Some field trips may require overnight travel.

-begins June 2, 2008 and ends July 25, 2008.

-participants will receive:

PAID tuition for classes included in the program

PAID books for classes included in the Program

Supplies needed for welding lab (welding hood, gloves, safety glass) for the summer session

Four uniform shirts and 1 pair of uniform shoes

Financial incentives for class attendance (estimated: $6.50 per hour up to $700 per student) and mileage reimbursement for the month of June

Financial assistance with child care expenses for the month of June

participants will visit businesses that employ welders and industrial maintenance technicians.

The deadline to submit an application packet for the program is May 1, 2008.

Submit this application, your transcript and (2) letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Sarah Bond, Division Chair Applied Science & Technology
Rend Lake College
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846





CITY:                          STATE:                     ZIP:

HOME PHONE:                                      CELL PHONE:

EMPLOYER:                                                WORK PHONE:



I plan to enroll in the following program at Rend Lake College for the 2008—2009 academic year.

(Select One):

Coal Mining Technology Industrial Electronics & Welding Technology

(1-Year Certificate) Maintenance Technology (1-Year Certificate)

(2-Year Associate Degree)




***Please complete all sections on both the front and back of this form. ***



Checklist for Submission:

Attached one copy of your most recent transcript.

Attach two letters of recommendation. The letters can be from a teacher, an employer, or any other adult who can attest to your ability to complete the program.

Submit this application, your transcript and letters of recommendation by May 1, 2008 to

Dr. Sarah Bond, Division Chair Applied Science & Technology, Rend Lake College,
468 North Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846

The Summer Blast Off committee will select the participants for the program. If you change phone numbers, please contact Dr. Bond at (618) 437-5321 ext. 1260 so we will be able to contact you if you are chosen to participate in the program.


I certify that I am a student or planning on becoming a student at Rend Lake College for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years (for 2-Year Associate Degree Program) and that the above information is true and accurate. By signing below, I grant permission to Rend Lake College to release my academic transcript, class schedule, fee statement, the information supplied on this form, and the information in my financial aid file to the Rend Lake College Foundation Office and to sources outside the college if I am being considered for their financial award or scholarship.

________________________________________ ______________________________

Student’s Signature Date

Please Note: Incentives are paid to students who are accepted in and participate in Summer Blast Off activities. The Summer Blast Off program pays tuition, fees, books, uniform expenses, and incentives for specific summer semester classes only. Students may apply for other financial awards to help with educational expenses beginning with fall 2008 classes.


Dr. Sarah Bond
Division Chair
Applied Science & Technology
Rend Lake College
468 N Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846
(800) 369-4321 ext. 1260
(618) 437-5321 ext. 1260

Rend Lake College.....Learner Centered, Future Focused, Distinctive and Connected


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