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Departments of Education and Agriculture Collaborate on Career Pathways

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April 23, 2012

Departments of Education and Agriculture Collaborate on Career Pathways

By: Catherine

Last week the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Education signed an agreement to promote agriculture education postsecondary and career pathways. Under this agreement, the Departments will work together to identify and use career pathways and programs of study that prepare students for employment in the agriculture, food and national resources cluster, including as teachers of agriculture education. They will also collaborate in identifying industry-validated standards, assessments, accreditations, certifications and best practices. As part of this pact, the departments will exchange resources and jointly organize Webinars and conferences.

"Agricultural education is central to the future of American prosperity,” Secretary Duncan said in the official press release. “Many Americans may not realize that agriculture supports 1 in 12 jobs across the nation. For the U.S. economy to continue to rebound and grow, agriculture has to help lead the way.”

It sounds like a win. Agriculture educators, what do you think?

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