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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.. 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. .

EZ Records is a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) record-keeping system designed to keep SAE program records, FFA participation, leadership activities, skills learned, and enterprise efficiencies. .

Illinois Agricultural Colleges - Program Characteristics

School with Ag Programs 26
Average Enrollment (Entire College): 8,063
Average Full Time Equivalent: 4,133
Student Information Total
Avg. per School
Transfer Students 88 29.3
AAS Program Students 202 12.6
Certificate Seeking Students 108 9.8
Non-Degree Students 5 5
Total Students 403 56.7

Number of PAS Chapters 12 0.46
(12/26 Schools)
PAS Members 352 13.5
(352/26 Schools)
Former FFA Members
(Degree Students)
150 37.7% of degree students
(150/398 (Tran.s + AAS + Cert.))
Former HS Ag Ed Students
(Degree Students)
1362 342.2% of degree students
(1362/398 (Tran.s + AAS + Cert.))

Male #Male % Female #Female % Total #Total %
NonFarm 182 45.7% 75 18.8% 257 64.6%
Farm 112 28.1% 29 7.3% 141 35.4%
Totals 294 73.9% 104 26.1% 398 100%

Program Information # Departments
Veterinary Technology program 3
Diesel Tech program 10
Horticulture program 23
Environmental Science program 4
Facility/Lab # Departments
Greenhouse 23 3842 Sq. Ft./Greenhouse
Agriculture mechanics lab 16 8396 Sq. Ft./Ag Mech lab
Computer lab 20 18 Computers/lab
Land lab 20 52 acres
Soil lab 6 127 acres
Orchard 5
Nursery 7
Vet Tech lab 3

Advisory Committees

  • 25 colleges reported a total of 43 advisory committees
  • Average number of meetings per year per committee: 1.5 meetings per year
  • Total Advisory Committee members: 564
  • Average # of members/committee: 13.1

Online Courses

  • 12 colleges offer online courses.
  • 35 online courses offered.
  • 0 students enrolled in online courses.

Program Area
(by ICCB Program)
Number of Full-Time Students Enrolled Average Credit Hours Average Number of Internships per Student Average Number of Internship Work Hours
Ag-Mechanization Associate Degree 90 68.8 4 683.8
Ag-Mechanization Certificate 80 33.5 1 393.3
Ag-Prod Tech (Livestock & Crop) Associate Degree 0 66.5 2 808.2
Ag-Prod Tech (Livestock & Crop) Certificate 0 24.9 1 360
Agri-Business Associate Degree 53 66.7 5 1213.3
Agri-Business Certificate 5 29.3 1 390
Horticulture & Nursery Mgmt. Associate Degree 42 63.3 1 552.8
Horticulture & Nursery Mgmt. Certificate 9 25.3 1 340.9
Landscape & Floral Design Associate Degree 16 65.1 1 475.5
Landscape & Floral Design Certificate 14 26.5 1 268.3
Natural Resources/Environmental Science Associate Degree 1 67 1 383.3
Other Associate Degree 0 51.5 2 450
Other Certificate 0 23.5 4 375
Veterinary Technology Associate Degree 0 71 1 480
Veterinary Technology Certificate 0 70 N/A 150