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Free app promotes careers in agriculture

RANTOUL — Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) partnered with AgCareers.com to develop the Ag Career Finder app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices. The Ag Career Finder app allows students or the general public to explore core agricultural careers or those that are considered to have a critical need shortage in terms of candidates.

App users may browse 58 careers by the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources career pathways – Plant Science, Animal Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Business, Environmental Services, Food Science and Natural Resources.

Each of the 58 career profiles include an overview of the career, suggested high school courses, experience needed, degrees required, potential employers, salary range, employment outlook and trends, and professional organizations. Additionally, each of the career profiles are linked to current job openings at AgCareers.com.

“STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related agricultural careers are in very high demand both nationally and internationally,” said Luke Allen, District 2 and Urban FCAE Program Advisor. “The Ag Career Explorer app allows students to browse these careers that they may not realize existed.”

To learn more about this application and to download it, search Ag Career Finder at the Google Play store or for apple products go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ag-career-finder/id573754647?mt=8/.

This project was funded as part of a grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Community College Board.

The statewide agricultural education team includes the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education, the Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois FFA, Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers, Illinois Association Community College Agriculture Instructors, and Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

The team works to help ensure a successful social, economic and environmental future for the state with K-adult education programs in support of Illinois’ largest industry, agriculture. For more information, visit www.agriculturaleducation.org.

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