Whether on-campus or around the globe, students studying agricultural education at the University of Illinois will now benefit from an updated learning space. The CHS Foundation, the major giving entity of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, provided a $150,000 gift to update the agricultural education and leadership learning space in Bevier hall.
The updated learning space features distance education technology allowing students on-and-off-campus to interact directly with each other and the course instructor. Industry representatives and school administrators are also able to connect to campus without travel expenses and time commitments. Flexible furnishings create numerous options for room configurations, broadening the opportunities in the learning space.
“The technology and updated teaching tools allow students to learn in an environment that is more reflective of the spaces they will be working in after graduation ranging from classrooms and laboratories to board rooms and conference centers,” says Erica Thieman, assistant professor in agricultural education. “This room upgrade more closely aligns with the quality education that students in agricultural science education and leadership receive at Illinois.”
“CHS and the CHS Foundation are proud to support University of Illinois agricultural education students,” says Linda Tank, president, CHS Foundation. “Agricultural education teachers are essential to educating the next generation of ag leaders and by using cutting-edge technology and resources while in college, they will be more effective in the classroom upon graduation.”
The University appreciates the support of CHS Foundation, Thieman added. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation supports programs that develop future leaders for agriculture, improve agricultural safety and enhance rural vitality. Agricultural education instructors and agricultural leadership graduates influence the next generation to pursue careers in the agriculture industry. The gift benefiting this renovation is an investment in the broader agricultural community.