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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE

Thursday, September 07, 2017

U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program


In June of 2015, the President signed an executive order to establish a U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program adding students in these programs to the list of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  Please encourage qualified Agricultural Education students to apply for this prestigious honor as up to 20 students will be selected each year on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in Career and Technical Education.  The application deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017.  Historically, Agricultural Education students have performed well in the Illinois’ U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education and those chosen at the national level are able to attend, receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion, and be recognized in a ceremony in their honor in Washington D.C. by the President of the United States and staff.  However, there is a limited timeline to complete the state application.  Start today. 


All high school seniors, including those in home schools and parochial or independent schools, who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and are participants of a CTE program and graduating between January and June of 2018 are eligible. Students who have excellent work based learning experiences, student projects, and have used those to help solve real world challenges tend to do well. Candidates who are nominated and choose to apply and whose applications are complete will automatically become semifinalists. The State Superintendent shall select the top five individuals to represent Illinois at the national level. All 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, D.C.

Nomination Process:

  1. Schools will self-nominate CTE students and submit applications to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), where the state superintendent will select five top CTE students to represent Illinois in the national selection process.
  2. All student eligibility requirements must be met, with a limit of five CTE students nominated per school.
  3. Nomination and application forms will be available at
  4. Forms can be downloaded, completed, and sent to ISBE with all required supporting documentation. No applications, forms, and supplemental documentation will be returned.
  5. All application documents must be mailed to the ISBE and postmarked by Friday, October 20, 2017.
  6. Any applications hand-delivered must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017, and directed to the attention of the College and Career Readiness Division.
  7. The top five nominees from Illinois will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED).


  1. In mid-January 2017, an invitation and additional application from ED will be received by the five Illinois selected Presidential Scholars and their respective schools.
  2. The application packet must be filled out and submitted to ED by the end of February 2018.
  3. U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be announced by ED in May 2018.


To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars, please visit

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