Feedyard Technician Program for high schoolers earns Texas Education Agency certification


By Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

via High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal - May 7 2019


The Texas Education Agency has added the Feedyard Technician Program for high school students to its certified Career and Technical Education list.


The program is jointly sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and West Texas A&M University


The Career and Technical Education program ensures Texas students are prepared for in-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers, according to TEA. About 200 industry-based certifications for public school accountability were approved for 2019-2020.


Brady Miller, Texas Cattle Feeders Association director of market, membership and education in Amarillo, said now in addition to student participants receiving a certification, their high schools get credit for the program on the A-F accountability rating system mandated by law in Texas.


Criteria for industry-based certification requires businesses, industries, professional organizations, state agencies, government entities or state-based industry associations be familiar with the certification and value it.


The industry must signal the value of the occupation-specific certification by including the certification in job postings as required or highly recommended; using the certification as a factor in selecting candidates for an interview and/or hire; and/or offer higher pay for those who possess the certification, according to TEA rules.


TEA also requires a third party to provide assessment of the certification using predetermined standards for knowledge, skills and competencies.


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