The agricultural education program at the University of Idaho is thriving this year with 17 teacher candidates placed in secondary agricultural education programs across Idaho, Washington and Alaska. This is the largest number of senior teacher candidates the program has produced in over 25 years.

The teacher candidates began their student-teaching field experiences in January. They have been placed with experienced master agriculture teachers in quality secondary agriculture programs in southern Idaho, northern Idaho and eastern Washington, western Washington, and Alaska. This is the first time the program has placed a teacher candidate in a school outside the Pacific Northwest.

This semester, teacher candidates were placed in Bear Lake, Preston, Rigby, Rexburg, Mackay, American Falls, Jerome, Kimberly, Meridian, Homedale, Nampa, Nezperce, and Genesee in Idaho. In Washington the teacher candidates were placed in Asotin, Prosser, and White River. The teacher candidate in Alaska is completing his student-teaching at Palmer High School in the Mat-Su Valley agricultural region.

The teacher candidates also participated in the National Association for Agricultural Education’s Region I conference held in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on April 26-29 to network with agriculture teachers from across the western United States.

Teacher candidates have already accepted teaching positions in Idaho, Washington and Kansas. These graduates will make outstanding agriculture teachers and have lasting impact on local high school agriculture programs and FFA chapters in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.

The agricultural education program at the University of Idaho continues to develop outstanding future agricultural education teachers. Recent graduates of the program are teaching in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Colorado. The need for future agriculture teachers continues to grow as existing programs expand and new programs become established. The University of Idaho Agricultural Education program is leading the way in preparing these future agriculture teachers and FFA advisors.

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