FFA Career Development Event
By: Tucker Wilson
February 18 – Later this week, hundreds of high school students will converge onto the Prairie View A&M University campus. The College of Agriculture and Human Sciences will host its 6th annual FFA Career Development Event (CDE) on “the hill,” Thursday, February 21st. This event has grown significantly since its introduction in 2014 and continues to impact the lives of FFA members from several Texas counties. This year, roughly 1150 high school participants from all over the state registered for the event and are expected to spend the day on campus accompanied by their agriculture coaches.
CDE Coordinator, Associate Professor, Dr. Wash Jones said this is an important event for the CAHS. “This college-wide event provides great visibility and extensive residual recruitment opportunities for our college through positive networking opportunities with agriculture teachers and their students. Having full support from our college administrators, faculty, staff and students pay great dividends.”
CDE gives participating students a chance to show their skills in leadership and career activities. These activities include a wide variety of agriculture-based concentrations offered in the CAHS including Animal Sciences, Agribusiness and Plant and Soil Sciences.
The day of competition and campus tours will culminate with the CDE Awards Program. That’s where the high school students will be recognized and acknowledged for their winning efforts.
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 1890 Extension Formula Program projects under Section 1444.