BS in Agricultural Science
Agricultural Education and Communication Department
According to the 2014 National Association of Agricultural Educator’s (NAAE) National Teach Ag Campaign Report, a total of 96 agricultural teaching positions went unfilled across the nation. California is located in the region with the highest number of unfilled positions. 739 teachers left the profession nation-wide, testifying to the growing issue of retention in the field of Agricultural Education. In order to help further recruitment efforts for students to consider agricultural education as a profession, the findings of this research will support the need for an Agricultural Education Immersion Program.
This project outlines a plan for an Agricultural Education Immersion Program that can be implemented during the summer for high school students entering their sophomore through senior year. This program will work in conjunction with the national and state Teach Ag Campaign efforts and with the NAAE STAR Program.