Moultrie Observer

Education

February 14, 2012

FFA connects students with horticulture industry

MOULTRIE — The Colquitt County High School FFA members’ long hours of practice paid off as they took home their Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification.   

Five Colquitt County FFA members competed to earn their junior certification and include Chaz Wilkerson, Clay Carter, Mikayla Crews, Kaydee Mullis, and Katie Beth Tucker and advisor Adrienne Smith.  

Mikayla Crews earned her complete certification and Kaydee Mullis earned half certification.  

The Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification program consists of a written exam and plant identification practicum. The written test is based on the educational objectives of the Georgia Agriculture Education horticulture pathway curriculum and standard practices in the horticulture industry.  To pass the written exam, a student must answer 35 questions correctly. The second portion of the certification is plant identification. Fifty plants will be displayed for students to identify.  To pass the identification, a student must identify 35 of them correctly.

The Junior Plant Certification exam is given twice a year administered by Georgia Green Industry professionals.  This year’s first testing was held in conjunction with the 2012 WinterGreen Conference at the Gwinnett Convention Center in Duluth.

Upon arrival, students prepared and attempted the rigorous certification testing. The students spent the remaining hours of the day attending career educational sessions, followed by the opportunity to meet and talk with more than 100 horticulture industry representatives.

The purpose of the junior certification is to connect students with Georgia Green Industry linking classroom instruction directly to real life.  

Additionally the certification process establishes guidelines for academic achievement and competence while promoting students in the future of the horticulture industry.  

To date, Georgia FFA has 104 students who have passed all requirements for Junior GGIA certification. Additionally numerous FFA members have passed a significant part of the testing and have plan to complete their certification at the state FFA Convention in April.

This event is one of the many educational activities in which the FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The Georgia FFA Association has the third largest FFA membership in the nation with over 30,000 members.  

FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

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