Area schools awarded $38,000 grant

By The Mercury

Thirty-eight Kansas agriculture education students from nine local schools won the the Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate, awarded by the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), now located in Manhattan.

Each certificate awarded earns the school $1,000, distributed by the Kansas Department of Education. 

Schools receiving funds included Centre, Girard, Holton, Hugoton, Labette County, Marion-Florence, Riverton, Washington County and Winfield. 

The individual students achieving certification will not be publically released.

The Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate recognizes agriculture education students who demonstrate excellence and a well-rounded experience by meeting the requirements of all three parts of the agriculture education model.

More than 11,000 students are enrolled in the 172 agriculture education programs in Kansas.

“The Kansas Department of Agriculture is committed to helping grow Kansas agriculture. Our industry needs young people who are interested in working in the fields of food, fiber, technology and production and have the skills to be successful in any career they choose,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey.

Agriculture is the state’s largest industry. The certificate is listed as a qualifer for Gov. Brownback’s Career Technical Education (CTE) initiative.

Applications for the Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate are accepted each spring.

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