Twelve FFA Teams Compete at STC-Vidalia
November 25, 2013 - Twelve teams of students from eight counties’ FFA programs assembled on the Vidalia campus of Southeastern Technical College to compete in their area’s FFA Career Development Event (CDE) on Nov. 12.
The Area 4 Environmental Natural Resources put 12 schools into five competitions to determine which schools would move onto state competition. The STC Fish and Wildlife Management (FWM) program is uniquely suited to help with these events.
“The competition went very well,” said Jill Lehman, STC’s FWM program head. “The CDEs have been hosted by FWM program for about six years now.”
The CDE on Nov. 12 saw students from Bulloch, Columbia, Glascock, Jenkins, Laurens, Richmond, Screven and Tattnall Counties participate in wildlife identification, farm business management, agriculture communications, GPS location and team quiz contests.
In the past, the CDEs have taken place on the Swainsboro campus, where Lehman’s classroom and lab are located, but long-standing plans to rotate the venue finally came to fruition this year.
“[The] Student Affairs [office] and I had been talking about this for two years,” said Lehman. “Both campuses are one school, so recruitment events which bring over 100 students and advisors should be done on both campuses, not just one.”
And in using STC’s facilities, faculty and staff to host the CDEs, the competitions become recruitment events. Lehman, who last year received an honorary state FFA degree for her work with the organization, has attracted a number of students to her program through CDEs.
For more information on FWM activities, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.