Hawkeye's Agricultural Business Management Program Earns National Award

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
From left to right: Jim Baudino, Toyota representative; David Grunklee of Reinbeck, Hawkeye agricultural instructor; and Brad Kinsinger of La Porte City, Hawkeye agricultural instructor.

WATERLOO— Hawkeye Community College is one of only six colleges nationwide that received the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program Award. Selected from hundreds of agricultural programs, Hawkeye was chosen for its quality of instruction, experimental learning, and collaboration.

Hawkeye’s Agricultural Business Management Program focuses on applied learning to prepare students to continue onto four-year universities and/or careers in agricultural fields. Capitalizing on Iowa’s diverse range of production agriculture, manufacturing, and agribusiness, Hawkeye students are exposed to the production and business sides of crop and livestock operations. They gain experience through production simulations and by operating the college’s 300-acre farm lab. Using up-to-date facilities and technology, students raise cattle, sheep, and swine; process the meat; and grow, harvest, and market corn, soybeans, oats, and hay.

Committed to enhancing agricultural education across the state, Hawkeye hosts an academy for high school agricultural educators to earn re-licensure credit and develop new, ready-to-use classroom materials and curriculum. Hawkeye also partners with high schools to develop dual-enrollment courses, providing students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. The college also hosts several FFA events throughout the year.

Hawkeye provides opportunities for students to study agriculture internationally in Brazil and recently offered an eight-day professional development opportunity for high school agricultural educators in Brazil.

“Hawkeye’s Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are a valuable resource to agricultural instructors, FFA members, 4-H members and leaders, and many others involved in the agricultural industry. The school administration and instructors have unselfishly offered their physical facilities and academic expertise, which has enabled individuals like me and organizations like the FFA to flourish,” said Louis Beck, agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Union Community Schools in La Porte City.

As a winner of the NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award, Hawkeye will receive a lease for a 2013 Toyota Tundra.

The National Association of Agricultural Educators is a professional association for agricultural educators. Its mission is “professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy, and service.” The NAAE office is located in Lexington, Ky.

Toyota sponsors the NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program Award as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.