Distance Learning

California Districts Get Digital Help With Agriculture Courses

Nearly 30 high schools in 21 California districts will begin to use an online learning platform as part of their agricultural science classes. The South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium has signed an agreement to use CEV Multimedia's iCEV platform as part of its members' programs.

The iCEV platform provides videos of professional demonstrations that can be downloaded to any electronic device. Teachers also have a dashboard available that allows them to monitor, track and engage students with the platform's interactive lessons and assessments.

"As students continue to train and prepare for their desired career paths," said iCEV President Dusty Moore, "iCEV creates an engaging learning environment that offers the materials needed for today's highly trained workforce."

The South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium has distributed grants to 40 school districts in California to improve their career and technical education curricula. Templeton Unified School District in Templeton, CA, is one of 21 districts that will use the funds — in Templeton's case, $5.7 million — to improve its agricultural science courses.

With the iCEV curriculum, students can earn industry-backed certificates upon completion of courses.

"It's important for our students to draw connections between their work and our industry partners, and an opportunity for teachers to personalize their instruction through iCEV," said South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium Program Director Erin Gorter.

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