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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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Illinois Agricultural Colleges - Program Characteristics

School with Ag Programs 26
Average Enrollment (Entire College): 6,043
Average Full Time Equivalent: 3,415
Student Information Total
Avg. per School
Transfer Students 691 32.9
AAS Program Students 1721 17.9
Certificate Seeking Students 565 7.4
Non-Degree Students 557 37
Total Students 3534 95.2

Number of PAS Chapters 12 0.46
(12/26 Schools)
PAS Members 352 13.5
(352/26 Schools)
Former FFA Members
(Degree Students)
1243 41.8% of degree students
(1243/2977 (Tran.s + AAS + Cert.))
Former HS Ag Ed Students
(Degree Students)
1354 45.5% of degree students
(1354/2977 (Tran.s + AAS + Cert.))

Male #Male % Female #Female % Total #Total %
NonFarm 1129 37.9% 885 29.7% 2014 67.7%
Farm 645 21.7% 318 10.7% 963 32.3%
Totals 1774 59.6% 1203 40.4% 2977 100%

Program Information # Departments
Veterinary Technology program 4
Diesel Tech program 11
Horticulture program 22
Environmental Science program 3
Facility/Lab # Departments
Greenhouse 24 3655 Sq. Ft./Greenhouse
Agriculture mechanics lab 17 8493 Sq. Ft./Ag Mech lab
Computer lab 21 22 Computers/lab
Land lab 22 80 acres
Soil lab 8 127 acres
Orchard 5
Nursery 7
Vet Tech lab 3

Advisory Committees

  • 28 colleges reported a total of 47 advisory committees
  • Average number of meetings per year per committee: 1.6 meetings per year
  • Total Advisory Committee members: 617
  • Average # of members/committee: 13.1

Online Courses

  • 13 colleges offer online courses.
  • 44 online courses offered.
  • 582 students enrolled in online courses.

Program Area
(by ICCB Program)
Number of Full-Time Students Enrolled Average Credit Hours Average Number of Internships per Student Average Number of Internship Work Hours
Ag-Mechanization Associate Degree 396 67.8 2 666.8
Ag-Mechanization Certificate 145 33.8 1 385
Ag-Prod Tech (Livestock & Crop) Associate Degree 248 65.7 2 639
Ag-Prod Tech (Livestock & Crop) Certificate 143 25.6 1 354.2
Agri-Business Associate Degree 466 66 3 943
Agri-Business Certificate 71 28.4 1 390
Horticulture & Nursery Mgmt. Associate Degree 321 64.7 1 386.4
Horticulture & Nursery Mgmt. Certificate 92 25.3 1 354.1
Landscape & Floral Design Associate Degree 128 61.9 1 480.4
Landscape & Floral Design Certificate 78 26.1 1 268.3
Natural Resources/Environmental Science Associate Degree 17 63 3 150
Other Associate Degree 11 72 2 450
Other Certificate 18 20.7 1 450
Veterinary Technology Associate Degree 134 74 1 480
Veterinary Technology Certificate 18 29.2 3 642