Agriculture Career Readiness Certificate Pathway for the 21st Century

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  • Viticulture and Enology students sorting through grapes.
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  • Fresno State student testing out a drone.
  • Agricultural Business students at a professional conference.
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The Agricultural Career Readiness Skills for the 21 st  Century (ACRS21) Certificate Pathway is a four-year
program funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the United States Department
of Agriculture. The program will utilize existing resources to:

  • Create a transferrable certificated pathway uniting high school, community colleges, and
    universities in the development of soft skills and career readiness training. 
  • ACRS21 will improve employability of underrepresented students through development of
    a sequenced, vertically aligned soft skills and career readiness pathway based on experiential
    learning activities. 

Program objectives include:

  1. Creating the ACRS21 Certificate Pathway.
  2. Developing ACRS21 experiential learning activities (certificate requirements, teaching
    modules, resources for advisory committees and career and academic counselors, assessment
    tool, and teacher evaluation checklist) to be recorded in the existing Agriculture Experience
    Tracker website.
  3. Teaching students to complete increasingly rigorous activities/hours for high school,
    community college, and university.
  4. Developing the Digital Agriculture Solutions Hub website to connect university
    students/ag industry partners to facilitate job shadowing, internships, and mentoring
  5. Designing and conducting teacher trainings
  6. Evaluating improvements in certificate earners’ soft skills via pre/post Life Effectiveness