16 FFA members from across the state earned their Junior GGIA
Certification yesterday at the 2013 WinterGreen Conference yesterday.

Another 21 FFA members passed half of the certification testing and
will have the opportunity to complete their certification during the
state FFA Convention in April.

The Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification program consists of a
written exam and plant identification practicum. The written test is
based on the educational objectives of the Georgia Agriculture
Education horticulture pathway curriculum and standard practices in
the horticulture industry.

This year’s first testing was held in conjunction with the 2013
WinterGreen Conference at the
Gwinnett Convention Center in Duluth. Upon arrival, 62 students
prepared and attempted the rigorous certification testing. The
students spent the remaining hours of the day attending career
educational sessions, followed by the opportunity to meet and talk
with more than 100
horticulture industry representatives. The purpose of the junior
certification is to connect students with Georgia Green Industry
linking classroom instruction directly to real life.  Additionally the
certification process establishes guidelines for academic achievement
and competence while promoting students in the future of the
horticulture industry.

Attached are a few photos from yesterday.

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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