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Faculty Academies a Success

FAIRFAX, VA (July 29, 2016)
— The Irrigation Foundation hosted two Irrigation Faculty Academies in June. The academies provide an annual forum for irrigation educators to broaden their knowledge of the latest irrigation technologies and to take valuable information and teaching techniques back to the classroom.
The success of this year’s Agriculture and Landscape Faculty Academies was made evident through the survey results. The results revealed 100 percent of all participants rated the events as good or excellent and would attend again. Many of the comments revealed the satisfaction participants received from being able to network with like-minded instructors from the industry.
There is no fee to attend a Faculty Academy, and the Irrigation Foundation assisted 30 of the 44 instructors with travel-grant money. Of the 44 instructors, 35 high schools and two- and four-year institutions were represented, with 18 first-time attendees.
The Landscape Faculty Academy was held at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo campus in Cardiff, California, June 16 – 17. Educators participated in sessions on a variety of topics:
  • Controller programming
  • Landscape and irrigation codes
  • PVC pipe welding
  • Reading irrigation plan packages
  • Valve electrical troubleshooting
  • IA certification programs for students
  • A tour of Hunter Industries and the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant

The Agriculture Faculty Academy was held at the Center for Irrigation Technology, Fresno State in Fresno, California, June 28 – 29. The wide spectrum of topics covered:

  • Agricultural sprinklers
  • Crop water management technology
  • Drip system evaluation
  • Pump efficiency
  • Soil mapping for irrigation technology
  • Troubleshooting and servicing a center pivot
  • A tour of the CIT testing facility, Jain Irrigation and LAKOS Filtration Systems
Thank you to the generous sponsors for this year’s events. Rain Bird Corporation (Tucson, Arizona) was the lead sponsor for the Landscape Faculty Academy with the Ag, Water, Environmental Technology Sector Navigator (Reedley, California); BrightView (Calabasas, California); Irrometer Company,Inc. (Riverside, California); Hunter Industries, Inc. (San Marcos, California); Hydro-Rain, Inc. (North Salt Lake, Utah) and MiraCosta College (Oceanside, California) as supporting sponsors.
The Agriculture Faculty Academy’s lead sponsor was the Ag,Water, Environmental Technology Sector Navigator (Reedley, California) with the following supporting sponsors: Center for Irrigation Technology, Fresno State (Fresno, California), Irrometer Company, Inc. (Riverside, California), LAKOS Filtration Systems (Fresno, California) and Jain Irrigation (Fresno, California).
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for one of the 2017 Faculty Academies, please contact Janine Sparrowgrove, senior Foundation and administration manager (; 703.536.7080) by Sept. 30, 2016.