February 21, 2002

Students Find Over 300 Paths To Real Success Through FFA

There are not many organizations in which a teenager can both learn to design a golf course and perform genetic research; that is, unless the young person is one of 457,000 members of the National FFA Organization.

Found in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, FFA programs prepare youth for more than 300 careers in agriculture. Real-world opportunities for members range from a future in marketing, to law, to science, to international business and more. From February 16-23, FFA chapters nationwide will organize events and activities to build awareness of the promising and diverse opportunities available through agricultural education. Activities will focus on this year's theme-"FFA makes it real."

Career success is only one of the benefits students gain from FFA membership. FFA involvement also develops their potential for personal growth and premier leadership. "Our students are prepared to excel in all aspects of their lives," explains National FFA Advisor Dr. Larry D. Case. "FFA uses real-life applications to reinforce classroom learning."

FFA is not extracurricular. The program completes a three-part model of education. Classroom instruction is applied to hands-on supervised agricultural experience programs (SAEs), which are further strengthened through curriculum-enhancing activities and programs. Students learn by doing, practicing the real skills they will need for future success. It's a formula that has worked since 1928.

Nearly half a million young people nationwide already appreciate the genuine experiences created through FFA. On February 16-23, 2002, these living success stories hope to help others realize their dreams by joining FFA.

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

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Produced by the National FFA Organization in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education as a service to state and local agricultural education agencies. The National FFA Organization affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.

FFA is a national youth organization of 457,278 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,312 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

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