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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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Illinois Agricultural Colleges - Program Characteristics

School with Ag Programs 26
Average Enrollment (Entire College): 6,221
Average Full Time Equivalent: 3,623
Student Information Total
Avg. per School
Transfer Students 574 33.8
AAS Program Students 1767 18.8
Certificate Seeking Students 517 7.4
Non-Degree Students 209 16
Total Students 3067 76

Number of PAS Chapters 12 0.46
(12/26 Schools)
PAS Members 352 13.5
(352/26 Schools)
Former FFA Members
(Degree Students)
1174 41.1% of degree students
(1174/2858 (Tran.s + AAS + Cert.))
Former HS Ag Ed Students
(Degree Students)
1402 49.1% of degree students
(1402/2858 (Tran.s + AAS + Cert.))

Male #Male % Female #Female % Total #Total %
NonFarm 1039 36.4% 767 26.8% 1806 63.2%
Farm 737 25.8% 315 11% 1052 36.8%
Totals 1776 62.1% 1082 37.9% 2858 100%

Program Information # Departments
Veterinary Technology program 2
Diesel Tech program 10
Horticulture program 23
Environmental Science program 4
Facility/Lab # Departments
Greenhouse 24 3777 Sq. Ft./Greenhouse
Agriculture mechanics lab 17 8493 Sq. Ft./Ag Mech lab
Computer lab 20 18 Computers/lab
Land lab 21 60 acres
Soil lab 6 127 acres
Orchard 5
Nursery 6
Vet Tech lab 3

Advisory Committees

  • 26 colleges reported a total of 43 advisory committees
  • Average number of meetings per year per committee: 1.6 meetings per year
  • Total Advisory Committee members: 548
  • Average # of members/committee: 12.7

Online Courses

  • 13 colleges offer online courses.
  • 35 online courses offered.
  • 382 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 404 68.5 3 687.7
Ag-Mechanization Certificate 159 33.2 2 390
Ag-Prod Tech (Livestock & Crop) Associate Degree 259 66.3 2 811.6
Ag-Prod Tech (Livestock & Crop) Certificate 121 24.9 1 353.3
Agri-Business Associate Degree 528 66.7 4 1155.5
Agri-Business Certificate 44 29.4 1 390
Horticulture & Nursery Mgmt. Associate Degree 298 64.9 1 397.9
Horticulture & Nursery Mgmt. Certificate 97 24.8 1 354.1
Landscape & Floral Design Associate Degree 124 61.5 1 437.1
Landscape & Floral Design Certificate 81 26.1 1 268.3
Natural Resources/Environmental Science Associate Degree 9 66 2 195
Other Associate Degree 6 51.5 2 450
Other Certificate 15 23.5 1 450
Veterinary Technology Associate Degree 139 73.5 1 480
Veterinary Technology Certificate 0 70 N/A 150