“We got rid of the tools that weren’t kid-friendly anymore,” Kiselewski said. “We don’t have to worry about kids getting hurt.”
The ISBE grant funding is administered by the Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education project.
Dean Dittmar, program advisor for the FCAE, said improvement projects like the one at Webber Township High School help grow agriculture education programs at the local level.
The most popular jobs in agriculture now are in crop and plant science, agri-business, and ag mechanics, Dittmar said.
Farmers and producers, while vital, only make up 2 percent or less of the total U.S. population, he said.
This makes ag education programs all the more important.
“When you have a little more capital invested in that program, the school thinks twice about ever reducing that or eliminating that program,” Dittmar said.