Agriculture Career Exploration
When exploring agriculture careers with students, take a look at the latest site dedicated exclusively to the industry. Agjobnetwork.com allows employers to post job openings, and it also allows job seekers to see what’s available and post resumes for potential employers to view. Give your students a real sense of what’s available for a future career in agriculture by directing them to www.agjobnetwork.com.
Small Engines Training Course from Briggs and Stratton
Details for Briggs & Stratton’s 2008-2009 in-house training courses have been posted on “The Power Portal.” This year they are offering four courses to meet your educational needs: “Beginner” for instructors who are new to engine technology, and “Experienced” for those who want to take their knowledge and classes to the next level. The other two are specialty courses: “Advanced Engine Technology” and “Advanced Electrical and Fuel Delivery.” Classes fill up fast, so be sure to sign up early! Remember to check out their two new training kits containing either 12 L-Head Vertical Shaft Engines (CE9054) or 12 OHV Horizontal Shaft Engines (CE9053), plus supporting training materials. For more information go to www.thepowerportal.com, user ID: voed_schools; password: briggs.
National Rifle Association Resources
For FFA advisors involved with a local shooting sports team or club, there are several no-cost resources available from the NRA Youth Programs office in Fairfax, Va., available for the asking. These include a listing of local ranges, clubs and classes by zip code, free instructional materials, downloadable competitive rulebooks, grant applications, shooting sports camp schedules and the popular Winchester/NRA Marksmanship program. Other fee-based programs are also listed, including Coach School and NRA-certified instructor training. Send an email to email@example.com for an auto-response that lists these and other resources available to you and your team or chapter.
STEM Integration Tool
Need some help integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math across all curricula, but not sure where to get information? The STEM website has numerous integrated lessons that identify the academic standards that are addressed in the agriculture lesson. Register for free access at http://www.stemtransitions.org/ag.php.
FFA Creed on You-tube
If you haven’t seen it yet, this is a great introduction to the FFA Creed and E.M. Tiffany for your first-year students. It’s worth owing your IT person a favor to get it through the school firewalls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ4xaq9T6s0.
Recruiting Students to Become Agriculture Educators
Georgia teachers have created a great video promoting our profession that can be an effective tool for you to encourage your students to follow in your footsteps. Another item worth owing your IT person for: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgEmYGV66Zk