Throughout high school, FFA members have numerous opportunities to participate in leadership experiences that range from state leadership conferences to national events. Once an FFA member enters college and leaves the high school realm of FFA, the opportunities available may not seem as clear.
To change this, North Carolina State University put on the first-ever collegiate FFA conference. Held April 12-14, the 2013 Regional Collegiate FFA Conference was designed to help collegiate FFA members from different parts of the United States become better professionals and strengthen their collegiate chapters.
During the conference, participating members attended rotational workshops presented by industry representatives, such as AgCareers.com, as well as several of the esteemed faculty from the university. Collegiate members learned about some of the current issues in agriculture, how to enhance their home chapters through brainstorming and chapter development activities, and worked on networking skills to help with their future careers.
The chapters involved in the conference included Averett University and Virginia Tech from Virginia; Clemson University and Piedmont Technical College from South Carolina; Pennsylvania State University from Pennsylvania; and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and North Carolina State University from North Carolina.
This conference was a big step for Collegiate FFA and, in the future, will serve as a model for other collegiate chapters from all over the country to host similar activities and help build chapters within other regions.