Hailey Bason (left), of Chiefland Senior FFA, and Kaley Wilder, of Williston Senior FFA, recently attended the State Leadership Summit at the Florida Leadership Training Center in Haines City.
While there, they were both selected to be on a state committee. They were invited to attend because they serve as chair and co-chair of Sub-District 2, which serves Levy County FFA.
Dr. Charles R. Dassance, president of the College of Central Florida since November 1996, has informed the District Board of Trustees he will retire this summer. Dassance, who will be 66 in April, indicated that this was the most difficult decision of his 44 years as a community college educator.
“The college is doing well and after nearly 15 years as president, I decided this was the right time for the college to transition to new leadership,” he said.
The Levy Soil and Water Conservation District held their annual speaking contest on Feb. 1 in Bronson. There were two contestants — Yancey Hudson and Matthew Brown speaking on “What is the Economic Impact of Florida Forest?” Hudson placed first winning $125, while Brown took second place and $75. Both received trophies. Hudson will continue on to the District level competition on May 2 in Live Oak.
The College of Central Florida Levy Center will begin a Refresher Course for Certified Nursing Assistants on Monday, April 4. This 16-hour program is intended for non-practicing CNAs who would like to re-enter the field and CNAs who have allowed their license to lapse and need to retake the state licensure exam.
The class will meet Monday through Thursday, April 4-7, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The course fee is $139 and no textbook is required.
Special to the Citizen
The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect outdoor classroom. Real world learning changes everything: the experience stays with students, they see science in action, and it’s a career eye-opener.
Lita Weingardt, science teacher at Chiefland High School, wanted her students to get a jump on others by getting some in-the-field learning before the Advanced Placement test.
Caleb Hardee, of Chiefland Middle School, recieves a plaque for academic excellence from Chiefland Commissioner Rollin Hudson March 14. Illiandra Barney, of Chiefland Elementary, and Sarah Ivey, of Chiefland High, were also honored for academic excellence.
n CF sessions on training grants
The CF Institute at the College of Central Florida, Workforce Connection and Marion County Economic Development Corporation will offer free information sessions on for-profit grant opportunities.
Attendees will learn how to apply for Quick Response Training grants available from Workforce Connection and Incumbent Worker Training and Employed Worker Training grants available from Workforce Florida.
By CAROL JONES
CTE coordinator, SBLC
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services, Florida has nearly 24 million acres of forests, croplands and ranches, and the products produced on these lands have a big impact on the economy. Over 200 Kindergarten students from Chiefland Elementary School and Whispering Winds Charter School learned some of their first lessons about Florida Agriculture at the Chiefland FFA Land Lab when the Middle and High School FFA students hosted their 8th Annual “Fun Day on the Farm.”