College Community Schools is pleased to announce that beginning in the fall of 2020, we will be implementing an Agriculture Education and FFA program. An exploratory course will be offered to students at Prairie Point Middle School. An Introduction to Ag course will be offered in the first year to students in grades 9-12. Expanded course offerings are being planned as the program develops and grows.
In April of 2019 an Agriculture Education Advisory Committee was established with membership of current CCSD teachers and administrators, local farmers, area Agriculture Industry Leaders, and other local supporters. This committee commissioned a survey to current students and families about interest in Agriculture Education. Results of this survey showed a strong interest in providing an Agriculture Education program.
“We are extremely excited to offer an Agriculture Education and FFA program for our students” said Superintendent Dr. Doug Wheeler. “As our enrollment continues to grow, we need to examine expanded programming for students and programs that are highly relevant to our local economy. Cedar Rapids is the largest grain processing city in the world and 20% of local jobs are tied to the agriculture industry. This is one of several program pathways we are examining to bring relevance to help our students become active and successful contributors to our community. I am overwhelmed by the amazing support that our community has given to the realization of the Ag program.”
The Prairie School Foundation has partnered
with the district to raise funds for staffing and program costs to provide a
strong Ag Ed program for district students. We have begun to receive
commitments from business, groups, and organizations to help support the new
program. We will provide additional information regarding our partners as
details become finalized. If you wish to support this fundraising effort,
contact Prairie School Foundation Director Randy Rummery,
“I am so excited about the addition of an Ag Education/FFA program and the opportunity to expose our students to the hundreds of possibilities within the ag industry,” said Prairie Parent and program advocate Niki Freese. “Ag is more than just the traditional farmer, in fact, the majority are not traditional farmers. Today, an Ag-related job can mean a career in information technology, software development, natural resources, finance, education, sales, food science, food processing, biology, turf management, landscape design, engineering, research and Ag economics, horticulture, and so much more. Here is our chance to help our students discover the countless Ag related vocations available.”
The College Community School District is a growing school district that serves approximately 5,800 students from Linn, Benton and Johnson counties. The 137 square mile district includes part of southwest Cedar Rapids, the cities of Ely, Fairfax, Shueyville, Swisher and Walford.