Students urged to continue higher education

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Assistant Secretary of Vocation and Adult Education addresses National FFA Convention

INDIANAPOLIS – Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) play an important role in career success, and on Thursday, Oct. 20, Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier of Vocation and Adult Education of the U.S. Department of Education applauded students for their participation in FFA.

“In every classroom, everyday your teachers prepare students for more than 300 careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture – by developing personal character and professional workplace skills. This is important, because we know that the jobs of the future will go to those with strong academic skills, in math, science, and technology; solid technical skills; and those with the ability to solve problems and communicate effectively.”

Dann-Messier went on to say how much the department of education valued career and technical student organizations such as FFA because of the integral role they play in helping prepare students to graduate from high school and transition into postsecondary education and/or technical training.

“Your work is in alignment with the President’s 2020 completion goal, which asks that every American complete one year of higher education or career training- in order to ensure we have the most skilled workforce in the world by the year 2020.”

While attending the national FFA convention, Dann-Messier had the opportunity to see FFA members participate in career development events and attend the Native American Heritage Celebration Roundtable.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The 84th National FFA Convention is held Oct. 19-22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind., and will draw 50,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country. 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. Visit for more information and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter and FFA Nation.