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Coliform testing to tractor repair: Ag educators put boots on the ground to learn what employers need

A group of 85 instructors from high schools and colleges as far north as San Jose and south as northern Los Angeles gathered in Santa Maria on Monday to tour businesses and Hancock College, and discuss the development of agricultural education courses across the state.

Speaking with industry professionals and colleagues, the roughly seven dozen teachers, advisers and professors wanted to find out whether students need to know how to test water for coliform bacteria or safely weld and repair large pieces of farm equipment — like tractors or combines. Their goal: adapt and update local agricultural education curricula to create a seamless transition from high school courses, to two- or four-year degree or certificate programs, and then to the professional workforce.  Read more...

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