And it’s about to get even better.
The Florida Farm Bureau Agricultural Certification program, now known as AEST (Agricultural Education Services and Technology), made great strides in 2014. Testing a record of over 1,000 agricultural education students with industry-driven, rigorous exams has been quite the accomplishment.
Agricultural education is at a unique crossroads. More and more educators, administrators, employers, and even legislators are discovering that our programs are providing students with a unique experience – one that not only prepares students for the workforce, but also teaches academics like no other subject area. Agricultural education is math, science, engineering, language arts, and technology combined. Students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world. Together with FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and industry certifications, agricultural education provides a Complete Experience™, putting our students above the rest – college or career bound.
A new look for AEST will highlight the changes coming up for 2015. Refreshed Agritechnology and Biotechnology will continue to challenge our students and prepare them for jobs in our industry. Additional exams slated for 2016, including Animal Science, Agricultural Communications, and Agricultural Mechanics, will provide students with more opportunities to prove their abilities as young professionals. Finally, a more streamlined website and testing platform will make it even easier for teachers and students to take our exams and become certified.
We are excited to certify the next generation of agriculturalists and contribute to the future of agriculture.
THE AEST TEAM