Ag students receive technical skills certificates

High school students enrolled in agriculture education courses have the unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom and learn real-world applications in a number of disciplines. Whether it is in agricultural mechanics, livestock evaluation, or a dozen other areas of learning, the Missouri Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Assessment Industry Recognized Credential (MOASK IRC) program recognizes students performing at a proficient level as determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Arcadia Valley Career Technology students whohave completed the required education/training and demonstrated proficiency in one or several of 15 skill areas are:

Kaydence Banks (Entomology), Angel Blake (Livestock Evaluation), Chloe Clark (Livestock Evaluation), Jacon Colyott( Dairy Foods), Tiara Fancher (Livestock Evaluation), Daniel Horn (Livestock Evaluation), Jackson Inman (Livestock Evaluation), Abigail Musser (Livestock Evaluation), and Brittany Wadlow (Livestock Evaluation).

AV Career Career Technology teacher Richard Brummett joined Iron County Farm Bureau Education and Promotion Chairperson Jan Harbison in presenting the MOASK IRC certificates at the FFA Banquet on Friday, May 10th at AV School.

The technical skills assessments are conducted much like FFA judging events, but the results are used to determine a student’s proficiency and not for competitive award purposes. The program compliments the three circle model for delivering agricultural education in schools. The circles represent learning in the classroom, leadership development through the FFA and hands on training through each student’s Supervised Agricultural Experience.

Sponsors Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture are proud to partner with DESE and take an active role in the program. County Farm Bureau leaders are responsible for verifying the rigor of each event, ensuring requirements are met and providing certificates for students deemed proficient.

“Ultimately, we want to add value to the experiences our youth gain through agriculture education,” said Jan Harbison . “We believe these credentials will benefit students as they pursue higher education and/or vocational training, apply for scholarships and ultimately enter the workforce.