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Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

Tag: Agricultural Education

One amazing agricultural educator

Alumnus Jay O'brien (left) teaches students how to wire an electric circuit.
Alumnus Jay O’Brien (left) teaches students how to wire an electric circuit.

Story by Jackie Newland, sophomore (ACJ)

Alumnus Jay O’Brien (’13) did not begin his college career knowing he wanted to be an agricultural education major.

“I came from a family that homesteaded in the 1800s in the Cherryvale area, so I originally thought I might want to be a farmer or rancher, or even considered engineering,” O’Brien says. “I found a niche at K-State in the Agricultural Education Club and within my agriculture classes. From there, I started to be more involved with both.”

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2015 Student Teacher Send Off

Back L to R: Mack Witzel, Jacob Stroda, Sara Schifferdecker, Sarah Lewis, Hannah Anderson, Kinzie Selke, Kailtyn Harlow, Jon Meyer. Front L to R: Amanda Strickler, Tara Lohse, Katelyn Vincent, Sara Wendt, Theresa Jardine, Alicia Hampton and Kayla Klahr

Story by Hannah Anderson, senior (AGED) and Jennifer Ray (master’s student)

This month, the communications and agricultural education department sent 15 student teaching interns to high school programs across the state. The interns will spend 19 weeks living, interacting and teaching in their respective communities. Continue reading “2015 Student Teacher Send Off”

From Kansas to Kentucky

Story by Hannah Anderson, senior (AGED)

Each October, the Kansas State University agricultural education program selects students to travel to the National FFA Convention.​ These students represented the K-State Agricultural Education Club, the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education, and the entire College of Agriculture.

College of Agriculture booth
Tyler Cates, Ashley Leer, Baylee Siemens and Kaitlyn Alanis were among the eight K-State Agricultural Education Club members at the National FFA Convention.

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Tagged to Teach Ag

Story by Bridget Hoover, senior (ACJ)

A recent campaign aims to bring attention to the nationwide shortage of agricultural educators. This shortage includes the state of Kansas, home to 176 agricultural education programs. Shannon Washburn, agricultural education professor explains schools that previously did not have programs have added them, increasing the demand for teachers.

Hannah came from Illinois to tour the K-State agricultural education program.


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New Year Starts at Record High

Story by Sadie Boline, freshman (ACJ)

There are 30 new students in the ACJ major and 48 students in the Introduction to Agricultural Communications class.

The school year is off to a great start with events within and outside the classroom and plenty of students to attend them. The department began fall semester with a record-breaking number of 30 new students in the agricultural communications and journalism major: 7 transfers from other majors, 5 transfers from other institutions and 18 freshmen. Overall, there is now a historic high of 83 students in the major.

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Alumni Rocking the Real World

We know our alumni are doing great things because their names keep coming up at awards ceremonies. In case you have not heard the news, here is a list of recently honored alumni:


On the Education Side: In addition to recognizing teachers for their years of service, The Kansas Association of Agricultural Editors (KAAE) recognizes outstanding agriculture teachers. Congratulations to our agricultural education alumni honored this summer!

  • Laura Priest ’06, Lawrence Free State HS—KAAE Young Teacher of the Year

Some of our alumni earned further recognition by being honored by the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE).

  • Jacqueline Gabbert ’09, Marysville HS—K-ACTE New Teacher of the Year
  • Kelly Hoelting ‘01, Mission Valley HS—K-ACTE Teacher of the Year

Alumni were also nominated for national recognition from the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE):

  • John Bergin ‘09, Southeast of Saline HS—KAAE Outstanding Young Member
  • Kelly Hoelting ‘01, Mission Valley HS—KAAE Outstanding Teacher
  • Linda Chase ’97, Wellington HS—Agriscience Teacher of the Year
  • Jacqueline Gabbert ‘09, Marysville HS—Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship

Linda Chase won the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year for the region. Jacqueline Gabbert ‘09 was awarded the National Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship.


On the Communication Side: The Livestock Publication Council and American Agricultural Editors Association recognized outstanding industry professionals at the 2014 Ag Media Summit July 26—30 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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