MC ag students honored in Vegas

By on December 21, 2016
Members of the Manheim Central High School at the FFA National Convention. Shown (left to right) are Danielle Fittery, Holly Musser, and Kole Hollinger. (Photo provided by MCHS)

Members of the Manheim Central High School at the FFA National Convention. Shown (left to right) are Danielle Fittery, Holly Musser, and Kole Hollinger. (Photo provided by MCHS)

 

The Manheim Young Farmer Adult Education Program in Manheim is one of only six programs nationwide that received the 2016 National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program Award. The award was presented at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas on Nov. 30.

The Manheim Young Farmer Program is based out of Manheim Central High School and serves more than 125 members ages 18 to 90-plus who are involved in agriculture in the area. The program is led by Deb Seibert, one of the agricultural educators at Manheim County High School. The topics of discussion and instruction are tailored to the needs of the members, and include production agriculture topics, agricultural law, business practices, and even drone uses in agriculture.

Since the Young Farmers Program advisor is an instructors at the high school’s agriculture program, there is plenty of opportunity for FFA and Young Farmer members to interact and share experiences. FFA members are required to have an agriculture-based experiential learning project. The Young Farmers are able to provide mentorship and work opportunities to satisfy this requirement. The Young Farmer program also serves as an extension of the education Seibert’s students receive during high school. She encourages her high school seniors to become active in the Young Farmers Program and begin building that bridge to life after high school.

“The agriculture education teaching professional has to be flexible to change not only with the agriculture industry but also with societal expectations, government interventions and daily personal issues that our students are facing,” said Seibert. “My daily personal teaching goal is to make every student, young and old, feel like their time in my classroom made a difference in preparing them for the future.”

Each of the six regional Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award winners was recognized at the NAAE convention in Las Vegas.

About mhunnefield

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *