The Highland Community College Agriculture Program has been awarded the Growing Agricultural Science Teachers grant funded by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Highland agriculture will receive $25,000 per year for three years to recruit, educate, and retain high school agriculture teachers.
The money will fund two new programs and tuition scholarships that engage both high school and college students in exploring a career in agricultural education.
The Agricultural Education High School Internship Program will give high school students the opportunity to participate in a paid internship with their local high school agriculture teacher.
The money also will be used to fund FFA meetings and events alongside their local agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.
For more on the agriculture program at Highland Community College, visit highland.edu or call 815-599-3637.