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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. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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Salem, IL 62881
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FREE Charter Bus to ExplorACES - March 8

Monday, January 28, 2013

*Sent to Section 15 & 22 Ag Teachers

Friday, March 8th is the first day of ExplorACES(College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences) at the University of Illinois in Urbana.  The College of ACES Dean's office will be sponsoring a complimentary chartered bus for students, teachers, and parents that would like to attend for the day.  Lunch will also be provided. 

Tentative schedule for the day would be:  
6:45 am - leave St. Clair County
7 am - pick up in Madison County
9:45 am - Arrive in Urbana
10 am - Welcome and tour of campus
12 noon - lunch and program
1 pm - Exhibits and displays
4 pm - Leave Urbana
7 pm - Arrive back to Madison and St. Clair County

If you have students/parents that would like to attend, please email me your request of seats needed as soon as possible and if possible prior to Friday, February 15, 2013.  60 seats will be given out on first request basis.

More information and video to show in class, click here

Frequently Asked Questions

When I arrive at ExplorACES, where should I start?

It is recommended that attendees begin at the ACES Library, Alumni and Information Center, which is located south of the main quad. There, you will receive a program complete with map and event schedule. The ACES Library also houses departmental booths, housing options, and the food tent.

Will there be guided tours of the ACES quad?

Yes! ACES students will be leading tours every hour on the hour from 10-2 Friday and 11-2 Saturday. Tours will meet on the north side of the ACES Library under the small white tent.

I want to see the main quad also. Will there be University-wide tours?

ExplorACES staff or the admissions office staff will be providing a campus tour.

Is there anywhere to eat during ExplorACES?

A complimentary lunch will be provided though a food tent will be located near by the ACES Library.  The Bevier Cafe, located on the second floor of Bevier Hall, will also be open Friday morning and afternoon.

Can I meet College of ACES Professors at ExplorACES?

Professors from every department will be on campus each day. Many of them will be in the Heritage Room of the ACES Library at departmental booths.

What is a mini-class?

Mini-classes allow prospective students and their families to get the feel of a real college class with real professors. These classes provide an opportunity to get to know ACES professors and curriculum.

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