Nine Kansas schools shared $38,000 in funds from the Kansas Department of Education as a result of having their students earn the Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate, awarded by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Schools receiving funds included Centre, Girard, Holton, Hugoton, Labette County, Marion-Florence, Riverton, Washington County and Winfield. The individual students achieving certification will not be publically released.
Schools get $1,000 in funding for each student who earns a certificate.
The Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate recognizes agriculture education students who demonstrate excellence and a well-rounded experience by meeting the requirements of all three parts of the agriculture education model. Agriculture education with a combination of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience experiential learning, as well as leadership and skill development through FFA is key to developing young professionals to work in the agriculture industry. More than 11,000 students are enrolled in the 172 agriculture education programs in Kansas.
Young people needed
"The Kansas Department of Agriculture is committed to helping grow Kansas agriculture. Our industry needs young people who are interested in working in the fields of food, fiber, technology and production and have the skills to be successful in any career they choose," said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey.
Agriculture is the state's largest industry, providing more to the state economy, and employees more people, than any other single industry in Kansas.
The certificate is listed as a qualifying certificate for Governor Brownback's Career Technical Education initiative. The certificate has been endorsed by the Kansas agriculture community, including; Kansas FFA Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Grain & Feed Association, Kansas Livestock Association and other industry organizations and employers.
Applications for the Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate are accepted each spring. To find more information, visit agriculture.ks.gov/ageducation.