Collegiate FFA Members Gather for Regional Conference

Chapter growth, vision and program activities were just some of the topics covered at a regional Collegiate FFA meeting this spring. Members from North Carolina State University, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wytheville Community College Collegiate FFA chapters met to share ideas and build relationships. The conference was hosted by the Virginia Tech chapter.

Students discussed current chapter programs and shared strategies for future development. They also heard from Virginia Tech professors who hosted a workshop describing college life for both undergraduates as well as graduate students.

“This was a great way to get some new ideas and talk through some successful events to help with chapter growth,” said Zack Wakeman, a student at Virginia Tech. “This helped us to really talk through where we see Collegiate FFA going and to discuss what would continue to help us grow.”

In addition to strategy and planning, members participated in the Virginia Tech Big Event, which is the school’s largest community service opportunity. Members of the four chapters developed an international festival to provide diversity awareness at the university.

Plans already include a second regional conference to be held next year at North Carolina State University. “We hope to keep the event going and rotate it to different states so that other chapters have the opportunity to host the event,” Wakeman said. He hopes that next year’s conference can attract members of other chapters throughout the area.