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Discover if agricultural education is the major for you

Published February 28, 2012
Students from across Illinois will be able to experience the University of Illinois agricultural education major through realistic classes at ExplorACES on Friday, March 9, from 9 to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ExplorACES is an annual two-day open house hosted by the U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) to show students what majors and opportunities await them at this internationally recognized institution.

In the spirit of helping students discover their future in ACES, the agricultural education program will host two mini-lessons based on actual classes in the major's two concentrations, agricultural sciences education and agricultural leadership education. These mini-lessons are new to ExplorACES activities.

"The lessons are based on courses that are actually required for graduation," said Mark McKown, a sophomore in agricultural education. "We wanted to give them a real piece of what they would be experiencing if they came to the U of I."

Students interested in the agricultural sciences education concentration that prepares students for a career in the classroom should plan to attend the agricultural science education mini-lesson at 1 p.m. on March 9 and 10 in the Monsanto room located in the lower level of the ACES library. The mini-lesson will give students a flavor of the AGED 220 course by having participants learn more about themselves as "learners" and what personality characteristics they exhibit.

"The agricultural science education mini-lesson will introduce participants to the various learning styles and personalities that are present in a classroom setting," McKown said. "We will focus on why these traits are important to teachers when they develop and create a lesson presentations."

Students seeking a career in educational leadership, training and outreach should plan to attend the agricultural leadership education mini-lesson at 2 p.m. on March 9 and 11 a.m. on March 10 in the ACES Library's Monsanto room. This mini-lesson will focus on leadership communications topics similar to those in the AGED 230 course.

"Leadership communications focuses on how leaders must know how people communicate differently," McKown said. "There is a difference between individuals who influence people as leaders and educators."

The agricultural education program booth will be located in the Heritage room in the ACES library, and the Agricultural Education Club booth will be in the lower level of the ACES library.

For more information, contact either Mark McKown by phone at 217-460-0790 or by email at or Caitlin Chrzanowski by phone at 815-252-3485 or by email at -30-