Oregon Diploma Requirements
FFA is a nationally affiliated student organization designed for students who wish to be leaders in and pursue a career in some phase of agriculture: production agriculture, agri-science, agribusiness, or agricultural marketing. FFA is an integral part of the student's experience in the agriculture education classroom. This organization, since 1928, provides the vital connection between classroom study and real world applications based directly on classroom instruction, leadership training, and career placement. FFA is an essential vehicle for helping students meet Oregon’s diploma requirements and this event is a showcase for the Essential Skills and Career-Related Learning Experiences that FFA students have gained over the past year.
By following the FFA motto "learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve" students are able to cross the bridge to a successful career in natural resources. Classroom based instruction, work based learning, and the student organization support the FFA delivery system. Students learn and develop technical skills and apply academic skills that range from formulating complicated feed rations for livestock to tissue culture of plant materials by taking advantage of classroom instruction based on applied learning units.
The Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program offers students work based learning. FFA members, supervised by their FFA advisors, participate in projects selected from hundreds of options within 72 project proficiency areas. This project is carefully monitored throughout the student’s FFA career as he or she applies the skills learned in the classroom.
FFA activities provide the third support in the agricultural education bridge. The FFA provides an enjoyable educational opportunity for students to evaluate their technical and leadership skills as they step across the bridge to their future. FFA, chartered in Oregon in 1929, is one of seven Career and Technical Student Leadership Organizations in Oregon leading the way for greater student achievement. Oregon FFA is part of the Student Leadership Development Center which is managed through the Instructional Service Department at Willamette Education Service District and funded through the Oregon Department of Education.