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Joliet Junior College selected for national award

From left are Parker Bane, NAAE Region IV vice president; Bill Johnson, Joliet Junior College instructor, Valerie Bayes, Monsanto representative; and Scott Stone, NAAE president.
From left are Parker Bane, NAAE Region IV vice president; Bill Johnson, Joliet Junior College instructor, Valerie Bayes, Monsanto representative; and Scott Stone, NAAE president.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Joliet Junior College is one of only six programs nationwide that received the 2017 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program Award.

The award was presented on Dec. 6 at the NAAE annual convention in Nashville.

Joliet agriculture students who chose the two-year degree option participate in an extensive "Supervised Occupational Experience," a faculty-supervised internship that provides 15 percent of the total credit toward their applied science degree.

In addition to completing their Supervised Occupational Experience, Joliet students also get hands-on experience through instruction at the on-campus land lab, large animal facility and greenhouses. In 2015, JJC established a Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter, through which students participate in all Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader events.

Students involved in the Student Agriculture Association and the Student Horticulture Association host two Ag-Hort Career Days, where members present information about JJC programs to prospective students and parents. Participation in these organizations allows students to develop professional and interpersonal skills.

Each of the six regional Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award winners was recognized at the NAAE convention in Nashville. The Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

NAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators. Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.”  The NAAE office is located in Lexington, Kentucky.

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