By Hannah Kleckner, Newsroom and Media Relations Intern
Three…two…one…lift-off! The 86th National FFA Convention & Expo has reached ignition at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
“Ignite,” the theme for this year’s convention, is geared toward individual leadership, growth and success. It also seeks to challenge FFA members to think about how they can “ignite today and the future.”
First-time convention attendees Chris Brenner and Evyn Ysasis of the North Pole FFA Chapter (Alaska) are excited to make the most of everything the convention has to offer.
“As an officer for my chapter, I’m really looking forward to going to the leadership workshops here at the expo,” says Brenner. “I hope to be able to take new things home that I can use in my own leadership.”
With a wide variety of educational seminars scheduled for the duration of the week, participants will have the opportunity to fuel their passion for agriculture, education and leadership. Chapter advisors will also have the chance to gather new ideas and materials to incorporate into their classrooms by attending their own development sessions.
In addition to the leadership development opportunities available, over 450 industry-leading exhibitors are in attendance as part of the National FFA Expo providing students with the chance to discover new agricultural careers as well as explore post-secondary job training and educational opportunities.
The FFA Expo is organized by pathways aligned with the National Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards, allowing students to easily find exhibitors that work within their areas of interest. Eight distinct career pathways are featured, ranging from Agribusiness Systems to Power, Structural and Technical Systems.
More than 120 agricultural colleges and universities are represented at the Collegiate Connection section of the expo, providing college-bound students a chance to network with current students and professors.
College-age members have the ability to network with potential employers during the Collegiate and FFA Alumni Career Fair on Thurs, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1.
The 86th National FFA Convention and Expo started officially on Wednesday and is running to Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information on the workshops, seminars and other events happening at the expo, please visit http://www.ffa.org/Events/conventionandexpo/expo/Pages/default.aspx.
Hannah Kleckner of Annville, Pa., is a former FFA member now in her senior year at Penn State studying Agricultural Communications. Follow Hannah on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hannah-kleckner/7b/733/68.