JJC Agriculture Program Receives Grant to Increase Educational Opportunities for Students

JJC Professor Bill Johnson (second from right, back row) attends the check presentation from 1st Farm Credit Services.

Joliet Junior College’s agriculture students will have even more opportunities to develop leadership skills, benefit from improved curriculum and learn with the latest technology thanks to a $2,500 grant from 1st Farm Credit Services to the agricultural sciences program.

“This grant will provide the JJC agriculture program with some expanded opportunities to better prepare our students for successful careers in agriculture when they graduate,” said Professor Bill Johnson. “We are grateful to 1st Farm Credit Services for investing in our future agriculture professionals and leaders.”

JJC is the first community college in Illinois to receive funds from this grant for its agriculture program. The college is one of 14 groups altogether to receive a portion of this year’s $118,500 grant from 1st Farm Credit Services this year. Other recipients include: Northern Illinois University; Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences Ag Finance Pathway; University of Illinois; Illinois State University; Western Illinois University; Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom; Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation; Illinois FFA;  Illinois 4-H; AgrAbility Unlimited; Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation;  Annie’s Project;  and Illinois Agri-Women: Women Changing the Face of Agriculture.

The 1st Farm Credit Services Donor Advised Fund through the IAA Foundation was created in 2010 to help promote and fund programs dedicated to agriculture education, youth and leadership. The association has provided $1.25 million to the fund.  This is the fourth year for distributions from the fund, and to date, $380,000 has been distributed.

The mission of the IAA Foundation is to fund education, research and charitable activities that benefit Illinois farm families and agriculture. 

To learn more about JJC’s agriculture program, visit http://www.jjc.edu/academics/divisions/career-technical/agriculture-horticulture/ag/Pages/default.aspx


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