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As school gets back into session consider preparing your students for the
Junior GGIA (Georgia Green Industry)  Certification.
Plant identification is a combination of  floriculture and nursery
landscape cde plants so your students will be primed for both upcoming
contest and certification.

*Certification Format*
The Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification Level I program consists of
a written exam and plant identification test.
The written test is based on the educational objectives of the Georgia
Agriculture Education horticulture curriculum and features 50 multiple
choice questions. To pass
the written exam, a student must answer thirty-five questions correctly.
The second portion of the certification is plant identification section
which includes both our FFA cde nursery landscape and floriculture plants
and
some of the disorders. Fifty plants will be displayed for students to
identify. To pass the identification, a student must identify thirty-five
plants correctly.
See attached plant id list.

*Date: January 24th, 2013*
Location: Gwinnett Civic Center, Duluth, GA

*AGENDA*
9:00 - 9:25 Registration and Pick Up Name Badges
9:30 -11:30  Jr. GGIA Testing (Plant ID & Exam)
11:30-12:30 Georgia Green Industry Career Speakers, Announcement Students
Who Passed and top individual scorers, Group Photo
12:30 -3:00 Lunch and Georgia Green Industry Trade Show Visit


TEACHER PLU: Teachers who attend the full conference day 9:30 -3 p.m. and
have *prepared* students who participate in the Jr GGIA certification
testing are eligible for one plu. Note:*prepared* means your students come
to the certification practiced and pass a minimum of one part of the
certification.

Registration for Teacher PLU is now available on the CTEARN.org  - *register
for CTEARN3539*


*WHO IS ELIGIBLE?*  Students grades 6-12th are eligible to register and
test for certification.

*Cost?*  $10.00 per student whose school is a GGIA member and $20.00 per
student if their school is not a GGIA member.


*HOW TO PREPARE?*- Mr. Todd Hurt has prepared a web interactive study site
for Jr. GGIA.
*Website includes*
Plant Id Practice Quiz
Plant Photo Gallery Lightbox Gallery
Practice Written Exam Quiz


To set up an account go to http://www.urbanagtraining.com/login/index.php
and register as a new user.
Once you get a confirmation email (it can take up to 30 minutes depending
on traffic to receive the email please be patient) you will be asked to
enter a
pass phrase use *"qwerty"* without the quotes.


*Please Note:*  There are three web courses listed on this page.
Please select the course in which you are registered for or you will be
studying the wrong plant list.
The courses are clearly marked.


Mr. Hurt  has included detailed instructions inside of the course.
Please feel free to contact him if something should be clearer @ "Todd
Hurt" <[log in to unmask]>,
He have also added a discussion forum at the top for reporting of problems.

Also on the agriculture education website there is a folder under the
Horticulture Resources with all the GGIA Junior Certification materials
including test study guides and powerpoints with all identification plants.


http://www.gaaged.org/Horticulture%20Resources/index.htm



*Note* : students who passed part of the certification (example passed the
written exam but did not pass the plant identification) only have to take
the part they did not pass.



*HOW TO JOIN GGIA?*  Contact Georgia Green Industry Association at
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*HOW DO I KNOW WHO PASSED?* Exams will be graded the day of testing.
Students who pass the exam and plant identification will be rewarded with a
portfolio certificate and a GGIA Junior Certification t-shirt. Top scoring
individual will be recognized with a GGIA plaque.


*WHAT IF A STUDENT DOES NOT PASSED?* All scores will be given back to the
teachers of the students. An individual student can retake the exam as many
times as he/she desires.


*WHY SHOULD TEACHERS ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO BE CERTIFIED?*

1. Connect students with Georgia Green Industry.

2. Links classroom instruction directly to real life.

3. Establish guidelines for achievement.

4.Award high levels of competence in the curriculum of horticulture.

5.Improve student participation by encouraging certification for
performance.

6. Increase the self-esteem of the student.

7. Program reputation in community and industry for producing student
excellence.



--
Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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