National FFA Organization Receives Grant from IBM
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​National FFA Organization Receives Grant from IBM

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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, April 17, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization recently received a $34,000 grant from IBM, which will allow the company to utilize IBM's SmartCloud for Social Business.

The grant spans two years with an end date scheduled for Sept. 15, 2016. It will allow for 210 IBM Connection user accounts and include 2,000 minutes per month of meeting audio services.

This technology will give employees of the national FFA a one-stop shop for all their connection, communication and collaboration needs. Through the use of this technology, the organization will leverage the cloud to reduce the costs of services. The organization will also reduce costs by holding virtual meetings in real-time.

This grant provides additional tools to assist with communications not only inside national FFA but to external stakeholders as well.

"Thanks to the grant, FFA can eliminate clicks and costs, allowing the organization to be in a better position to service its members, accomplish its mission and strengthen American agriculture," Joel Gibbons, director of information technology and compliance officer, said. "We are excited that this software will allow us to foster a deeper collaboration with teachers and state FFA staff."

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 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 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 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 FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.