National FFA Organization teams with Agricultural Experience Tracker to enhance Agricultural Career Network for FFA members

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 3, 2013/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization has partnered with a nationwide system to help FFA members document their classroom achievements, pursue experiential learning opportunities and compile their individual accomplishments in pursuit of national awards.

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is an online system that aggregates students’ agricultural education experiences for use in FFA award applications.

Launched by the National FFA Organization in 2011, the Agricultural Career Network is an online portal that FFA members can use in middle school through college and beyond to track their educational accomplishments, activities and awards. Within AgCN, students can build resumes and portfolios, apply for awards and scholarships, pursue internships, apply for employment opportunities and more. Teachers can access key data for Perkins plans and reports, produce advocacy reports, chart the relevance and successes of their agricultural education curricula and more.

AET will improve the functionality of AgCN – specifically its national awards application process – by integrating its degree application management system, a calendar and program of activities and a Supervised Agricultural Experience Explorer. AET will also offer comprehensive technical support.

“These features will provide user-friendly, web-based applications and tools to help FFA members plan their required Supervised Agricultural Experience projects and manage their local FFA chapter activities,” said National FFA Organization COO Joshua Bledsoe. “Our partnership with AET is another way we are enhancing AgCN to help our members pursue more than 300 careers in agriculture.”

FFA members throughout the country are already using the AET system to track their agricultural education experiences and personal records. In a typical week, close to 15,000 FFA members in more than 1,000 local FFA chapters in 40 states utilize AET.

“Our mission is to support FFA chapters and members to help them achieve educational and career goals,” said Dr. Roger D. Hanagriff of AET. “We are excited to expand our assistance to students and teachers in the valuable processes of FFA award applications, exploring supervised agricultural experience opportunities and managing programs of activities.”

The AET partnership is the latest step FFA has taken to enhance students’ use of AgCN. Last year, FFA partnered with Career Cruising to offer students career exploration tools that lead to a recommended path of classwork and AgCareers.com for students to search for career opportunities within their particular field of study or within a certain geographic area.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About Agricultural Experience Tracker
The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. The AET summarizes experiences into standard FFA award applications. The AET can also aggregate those experiences across programs to produce local reports for school administrators and overall economic impact reports for interested stakeholders and legislative representatives. For more, visit www.theaet.com.