AITC News

Check out the latest AITC national and provincial programs and other exciting news from the agriculture industry.

New Partnership Highlights STEM Career Opportunities to Students

New Partnership Highlights STEM Career Opportunities to Students

AITC-C is proud to come together with agriculture partners to introduce youth to careers across the food sector. Together, AITC-C, EMILI, and Actua will be helping Western Canadian students from K to 12 learn about opportunities in the plant-protein, agrifood and digital agriculture sectors.

Through an co-investment project with Protein Industries Canada, Enterprise Machine Intelligence & Learning Initiative (EMILI), national STEM outreach charity Actua and Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) will help address the agriculture industry’s growing need for a skilled workforce. The program will engage youth in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, with a particular focus on Indigenous and other under-represented groups. It will be based on Actua’s existing STEM and digital skills programming, which incorporates Indigenous perspectives and land-based learning, and expand upon agriculture curriculum developed by the partners.

Read the full media release here.

AITC-C participates in #GivingTuesday

As a Canadian charity, Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is excited to participate in this years’ Giving Tuesday movement – also called the global day of giving – on December 1, 2020.

This worldwide movement day is named for its timing after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and encourages charities and individuals to join together, and donate to their favourite causes.

Leading up to the event during the month of November, AITC-C has been highlighting our foundational partnerships and thanking them for their generous support on our social media accounts. We are so excited to be able to celebrate these partnerships and inspire people to see the value in making meaningful connections to farming and food.

If you are interested in joining us this #GivingTuesday, please visit our donation page here.

Six students awarded first-ever G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

Six students awarded first-ever G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

G3, in partnership with Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C), is excited to announce the first recipients of the G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship.

Six students are each being awarded a $4000 scholarship, with a further $1000 awarded to each of their high schools.

G3 and AITC-C offered the scholarship for the first time in 2020 to students embarking on a post secondary education. As part of their applications, students were asked to submit a video essay describing how they would bring innovation to agriculture.

Read the full media release here.

Agriculture in the Classroom Reaches Over 2 Million Students in 2019 and Elects New Executive Officers

Agriculture in the Classroom Reaches Over 2 Million Students in 2019 and Elects New Executive Officers

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) has announced its four newly elected Board Executive Officers at its 6th Annual General Meeting held virtually this week. AITC-C represents ten provincial member organizations dedicated to delivering agriculture education to students and teachers. These organizations also offer a representative who sits on AITC-C’s Board of Directors.

At the Annual General Meeting AITC-C Executive Director, Johanne Ross, released AITC-C's 2019/2020 Impact Report that boasted reaching a phenomenal 2,102,844 students from coast-to-coast.

Read the full media release here.

Québec's École-O-Champ Named as Newest AITC-C Member

Québec's École-O-Champ Named as Newest AITC-C Member

AITC-C welcomes École-O-Champ as the newest provincial member with President Mathieu Rouleau joining AITC-C as Director.

AITC-C represents ten committed provincial member organizations that deliver agriculture education to classrooms in their home provinces.  The addition of École-O-Champ, a Québec-based nonprofit organization committed to the education and promotion of agricultural, food, and environmental sciences in schools, farms, and municipalities across Québec, cements AITC-C's strong presence from coast-to-coast in all ten provinces.

Read the full media release here.

CALM 2020

CALM 2020

AITC-C, along with nine provincial member organizations, is excited to launch its 9th annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM).

CALM is an engaging experiential opportunity that encourages students from K to 12 in all 10 provinces to learn about and celebrate Canada’s incredible agriculture and food story. By connecting classrooms with farmers and those with a deep connection to agriculture, students and teachers learn firsthand about this sector through the incredible story shared by the volunteer visiting with them.

Building on the success from 2019, this year will be AITC-C’s busiest yet! AITC-C organizations are on track to reach approximately 70,000 students in more than 2000 classrooms from coast to coast.

Read the full media release here.

Find out more here.

Introducing the G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

Introducing the G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship

G3, in partnership with Agriculture in the Classroom Canada, is proud to present an exciting new scholarship opportunity. The G3 Grow Beyond Scholarship will be presented for the first time in 2020, to six high school students who are embarking on a post-secondary education and have innovative ideas for agriculture in Canada.

Read the media release here.

Check out the scholarship page here.

engAGe Montreal

engAGe Montreal

More than 500 urban high school students and their educators are set to descend on the Rialto Theatre in Montreal where Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) and the Centre de développement pour l’exercice de la citoyenneté (CDEC) will showcase a world of agriculture and food careers at the first ever engAGe event!

Read the full media release here.

Get Ready for engAGe!

Get Ready for engAGe!

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) and our provincial member organizations are looking forward to celebrating careers in agriculture and food by launching a new inspiring and motivating event!

engAGe will bring over 1500 high school students and their educators together for high energy and motivating one-day career events that will immerse them in a world of agri-food career options!

During the pilot year, engAGe events will take place in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The events will be held in partnership with our AITC provincial member organizations, including British Columbia Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and AgScape in Ontario, as well as a partner organization in Quebec; le Centre de développement pour l'exercice de la citoyenneté.

Read the media release here.

Check out the engAGe page here.

Education Specialist Joins the AITC-C Team

Education Specialist Joins the AITC-C Team

(Winnipeg, Manitoba – May 15, 2019) Agriculture in the Classroom Canada’s (AITC-C) team grew by one this month with the addition of their new Education Specialist, Melissa Galay. Melissa, who is no stranger to the AITC family, was born and raised in Minnedosa, Manitoba and grew up with an understanding of agriculture and the importance of sharing that knowledge with others. She worked both as a summer student with AITC Manitoba and a Program Assistant for AITC-C before completing her education degree in Saskatchewan. Prior to starting her secondment with AITC-C in May 2019, Melissa was working as an agriculture educator with the Sun West School Division, developing and teaching online courses to accompany locally developed curriculum at the Sun West Distance Learning Centre.

Read the full media release here.

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