Future Farmers of America Visit ED

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This week ED hosted a meeting in Washington, DC, with the Future Farmers of America National Board of Directors and the FFA National Officers (student leaders).  Discussions focused on the future of agricultural science education.

Tuesday’s day-long agenda included a panel discussion with Kim Green, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education; Jan Bray, Executive Director, Association for Career and Technical Education; Francis Eberle, Executive Director, National Science Teachers, Association;  Glenn Cummings, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at ED; and industry consultants.

FFA National Officers also met with Secretary Arne Duncan when they arrived in the nation’s capital on Friday morning, Jan. 22.  Duncan told the students that our schools did a much better job with career and technical programs generations ago.  The Obama Administration aims to improve and expand career training and career pathway programs.

ED will also partner with the FFA to communicate with students about new innovative career and technical education programs, some which result in professional certifications while in high school.

John White
Office of Communications and Outreach