IA Times, August 2019

Faculty academies provide educators training & networking

In June, the Irrigation Association hosted both the agriculture and landscape faculty academies. Faculty Academy is an annual event that allows irrigation educators to discover irrigation-related curriculum to inspire the next generation of irrigators.

The 17th annual landscape Faulty Academy was held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 20-21. The event hosted 20 educators, including four high school teachers and 16 university or community college instructors. A variety of topics were covered over the two days. Visit the website to view the sessions.

The fifth annual agriculture Faculty Academy was held at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, June 27-28. This year the agriculture Faculty Academy hosted 19 attendees, including three high school teachers and 16 community college and four-year instructors. Visit the website to see the sessions offered.

When asked about his overall experience at Faculty Academy, Tom Mazzone from Clear Spring High School said, “I teach high school ag, which includes a turfgrass class. This was eye-opening to me and gave me a lot of information to take back to my students.”

The academies are open to all instructors teaching at high schools and two- and four-year institutions. Grant assistance is available to aid with travel expenses on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to those whose institutions can provide partial financial support. The Irrigation Association assisted 33 attendees with grant money to allow them to attend this year.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors. The agriculture Faculty Academy was sponsored by Irrometer Company (Riverside, California) and Rain Bird Corporation (Tucson, Arizona). The landscape Faculty Academy was sponsored by BrightView Landscape Services (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania), Hunter Industries (San Marcos, California), Irrometer Company (Riverside, California) and Rain Bird Corporation (Tucson, Arizona).

Locations and dates for the 2020 faculty academies will be announced this fall on the Irrigation Association website under the new Workforce Development tab.