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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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GAST Internship details for future Ag Ed students

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Posted on behalf of Jeff Landers at JJC

Joliet Junior College Announces (GAST) Agriculture Education Internship for 2018-19

The Illinois State Board of Education will again be funding grants for Agricultural Science Teacher Education (GAST) during the 2018-19 fiscal year.  As a part of this initiative, the Joliet Junior College Agriculture Department will again offer a 1 credit hour PAID internship for high school juniors and seniors with a sincere interest in exploring a career teaching agriculture.  The internship will allow students to work with you in performing various classroom, FFA and related activities and duties.  The Agriculture Education Intern will be compensated by this grant at the rate of $8/hour for up to 80 hours of internship experience between November 1, 2018 and May 1, 2019.


TEACHERS: Please e-mail Jeff Landers ( to request a “Memorandum of Understanding” to nominate your student for the GAST Internship.  By nominating this student, you are verifying that this individual has expressed  a sincere interest in exploring Agricultural Education as a career.  Return the form by mail or e-mail to Jeff Landers, Agriculture Department, 1215 Houbolt Rd. Joliet, IL 60431, e-mail to  This form should be returned as soon as possible but must be returned by MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2018 for the student to qualify for credit and compensation.  Please share the following information with your student intern.


AGRICULTURE STUDENTS: To participate in this internship and receive compensation, you must be enrolled in AGRI 299 – Agriculture Education Internship which is a one credit class at Joliet Junior College during the SPRING, 2019 semester.  The tuition and Fees for this class are $144.00 which you must pay to receive credit and compensation.  We will enroll you in the class in January, 2018.  To be enrolled in the class, you must be enrolled as a student at Joliet Junior College.  To complete JJC’s free on-line application go to:  and be sure to enter the curriculum MAJOR “Agriculture Education” under the Associate of Arts Degree menu.  You will be billed for the $144.00 tuition and fees by mail in January and should return the payment as soon as possible after you receive the bill.   Failure to complete the enrollment process described above will result in NO CREDIT and NO COMPENSATION at the completion of the internship.  Questions or problems regarding the enrollment process should be directed to Jeff Landers, 815/280-2646 or  Once the enrollment process is complete an orientation email and all needed paperwork will be sent to the student and instructor.   

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