Educators may apply beginning Feb. 1 for scholarships that will prepare them to train students for careers in farm equipment manufacturing.
The partial scholarship awards are part of a joint industry initiative that in 2019 included sponsorship from this Association, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ Ag Sector Board and the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA).
The groups supported the scholarships in two categories: mechanical systems in agriculture and agricultural power and technology.
The scholarships are valued at $2,000.
Participating teachers will take classes over the summer through the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), a multi-year approach to agricultural science education. The National Association of Agricultural Educators manages the CASE initiative.
CASE currently offers 10 courses that prepare students for careers in agricultural engineering. Students are immersed in inquiry-based exercises that emphasize the math and science of agricultural mechanics and engineering.
During the CASE Institute, teachers spend 80 hours working through lessons in the yearlong curriculum and learning how to deliver those lessons.
“In this tight labor market, this is an opportunity for manufacturers to partner with educators to build that talent pipeline,” said Association Executive Vice President Vernon Schmidt. “Please, spread the word about this scholarship.”
The application process opens Feb. 1 and closes Feb. 29. Learn more at FarmEquip.org/casescholarship.