Montague students in agriculture, food and natural resource students can earn MSU credits
“An agreement between Michigan State University (MSU) and the Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education will allow high school students to earn college credits while they’re still in high school.
Students who complete a state-approved agriculture, food and natural resources education program and receive the State FFA Degree can receive six credits toward a bachelor’s degree or undergraduate certificate program at MSU.
The credits will apply to the total number required for graduation and may be used to meet the requirements of the student’s program at MSU, pending approval of the major department. The credits cannot be used to fulfill general education requirements such as math and English.”
Michigan State University is offering 5 undergraduate certificate programs at Muskegon Community College starting in the fall of 2016.
To be completers in the Agriscience program at Montague students must successfully complete four years of the program
To obtain the State FFA Degree students must:
- Complete the State FFA Degree Application and submit it by the deadline (usually early January)
- Be a 4 year student in the Agriscience Program at Montague with a least 1 Q segment during their junior and 1 Q during their senior year and have actively participated in the FFA
- Maintain a satisfactory record of scholarship throughout high school (recommended 2.5/4.0 or higher)
- Participate in at least 5 FFA activities above the chapter level
- Examples could include the following: District Leadership Contests, Regional Leadership Contests, Broiler Contest, Regional Leadership Camp, State Convention, National Convention, Livestock Show, Horse Shows, Skills Contest, Great Lakes Floral Expo, Michigan Environthon, Great Lakes Youth Symposium, Muskegon County Earth Fair
- Has completed a minimum of 40 hours of community service during their high school career with 10 of those hours being environmental stewardship related
- Maintains a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) Project and has earned a minimum of $2000 or worked 500 hours on the project while they are enrolled in the Agriscience Program
- Examples of ways to attain the hours or money could include the following: participate in the livestock co-op program (raising cattle, swine, poultry and/or sheep), raise livestock at home, engage in the production of agricultural products, work in an agricultural and/or natural resources related job
The FFA State Degree Application is submitted to Michigan FFA Association by the local chapter Advisors. The application receives final approval by the Michigan FFA State Executive Secretary. The FFA State Degree is awarded annually at the FFA State Convention in March.