By Ellie Schmidgall, OHS Torch reporter
On Friday, March 11th, fourteen agriculture students involved in the Olympia FFA went down to Champaign, Illinois for a tour of University of Illinois’s college of ACES.
The University of Illinois has an extensive college of ACES, or agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences. The day began 8:15 am when the students and Mr. Hoffman departed from the school.
The day was spent touring the campus, farms, and city of Urbana-Champaign. The ACES department had booths set up to answer any questions about the programs they offer. Fraternities and sororities also had booths set up for anyone that wanted information on what they had to offer.
There was also a section designated to clubs within ACES such as hoofs and horns, rodeo, dairy, and poultry. These booths had different activities where students could interact with animals.
Senior FFA member and secretary, Carson Goff, said, “I pretty much know where I’m going to college, but it was really cool to see what U of I had to offer. Who knows where the future might take me, maybe I’ll actually attend one day.”
U of I ACES offers more than 10 agricultural majors. Animal Science, Agricultural Engineering, and Crop Sciences are just a few examples of majors offered. There are also over 15 minors to choose from.
There is a study abroad program where students are given the opportunity to attend school in another country. The program has been around for over 10 years and has been very successful in the past.
Junior FFA member, Luke Litwiller, said, “The college of ACES offered a very educational and fun experience for our whole group. I will definitely think about attending in the future.”
All in all, the FFA members enjoyed their experiences at the University of Illinois. The ACES program is well known over the United States for being a top agricultural program.