HARRISBURG -- High school agriculture instructors from southern Illinois met at Southeastern Illinois College recently for a bit of professional development, as well as updates on Illinois agriculture.
According to Section 25 FFA Chairman Cacy Ellis of Harrisburg, agriculture teachers meet three times a year for updates on agriculture education, what is going on with FFA in Illinois, and professional development that they can take back to their classrooms. The most recent meeting was Jan. 18.
The teachers visited the welding, powersports and diesel technology classrooms at SIC. They met up with former students, trying out some new welding techniques taught by those students, exploring the new powersports lab and performing an electrical experiment in diesel technology.
SIC Career and Technical Education Co-Chairman Ralph Boots spoke to the teachers about the opportunities for "People are calling us all the time for skilled workers in these CTE areas," Boots said. "They are always looking for newly trained and qualified technicians and welders. Jobs are out there."
All of SIC's career and technical education programs have industry partners to guide curriculum and many are industry certified within their respective trades.