The FFA is a vital component of the aquaculture education program. It provides opportunities for students to develop personal leadership skills and to participate in career development activities while making positive contributions to their local community. Students are strongly encouraged to become members of the Bridgeport Aquaculture FFA, a chapter of the National FFA Organization.
A program of activities is developed each year by elected student officers and instructors who serve as advisors. Emphasis is placed on planning activities which allow members to strengthen life skills such as organization, interpersonal communication, extemporaneous and prepared public speaking, goal setting, teamwork and business meeting protocols.
Members enjoy participating in activities during school such as public speaking events, chapter business meetings, field trips and fund-raising. Team competitions with area FFA chapters are available to all members and are intended to promote sportsmanship and positive self- esteem in our members while demonstrating their knowledge of aquaculture related topics. The year is culminated with an annual awards event in the spring, where student members are recognized for their efforts.
Another important benefit for members is the Aquaculture School’s FFA scholarship, awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership skills and the financial need for the award. Mailed to each member’s home is the FFA’s official publication, “FFA New Horizons”. It highlights information on aquaculture education, careers, FFA and new agricultural/ aquacultural developments as well as various youth-related topics.