Abraham Baldwin College of Agriculture students celebrate National Agriculture Education Day |

TIFTON — National Agriculture Education Day was September 15, and students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College had good reason to celebrate.

For the fourth consecutive year at the Spring Quarter Commencement Ceremony, when 34 agricultural education graduates walked across the stage, ABAC produced more graduates with bachelor’s degrees in agricultural education than any other college or university east of the Mississippi River.

“These graduates will contribute to the severe national shortage of agricultural education teachers that has existed for more than 40 years,” said Andrew Thoron, head of the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at ABAC.

ABAC currently has more than 230 agricultural education majors enrolled for the fall 2022 semester. Forty of those students will be teaching in classrooms across the country this spring.

“Being an agriculture teacher is a life-changing career choice,” said Ellen Poeschl, director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. “Agriculture teachers have the opportunity to make a difference every day, by mentoring and inspiring young people.

“The demand for agriculture teachers remains strong and National Agriculture Education Day is critical to NAAE’s mission to ensure a diverse and quality supply of agriculture teachers. ABAC’s Ag Ed program is a great example of creating a pool of extraordinary agricultural teachers who will have an impact on the communities they serve.

To prepare students for the classroom, ABAC faculty work diligently to instill effective pedagogy, technical knowledge, and leadership skills. Graduates are prepared to teach agricultural education courses in middle school and high school.

In 2021, an Elementary Agricultural Education Teacher Program was established at ABAC, the first of its kind in America. ABAC has also partnered with Murray State University to encourage graduates to continue their education in a master’s degree program.

With its honors program in the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, ABAC is in a unique position to offer students of agricultural education coursework in selected areas such as animal science, horticulture and agricultural mechanics. .

Thoron said agricultural education graduates find a fairly receptive labor market for their skills.

“While our goal is to get students into the agriculture teaching profession, students and industry employers find this degree meets many needs,” Thoron said. “We develop students who are grounded in agricultural content knowledge and possess the teaching and people skills that make them a valuable leader and model employee across the industry. »

Prospective students who would like more information about the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education at ABAC can contact the ABAC Admissions Office at [email protected] Spring semester classes begin at ABAC on January 9.

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