February 28, 2013

GLIDDEN - The Glidden-Ralston FFA is ready for its agricultural mechanics shop extreme makeover.

The FFA chapter won the makeover through a competition sponsored by Iowa State University Agricultural Education and the Collegiate FFA Club.

The group laid new flooring in its old shop and now it's just waiting for the machines.

Glidden-Ralston FFA adviser and agricultural education teacher Gary Clark said it took about 12 hours during a three-day span to lay the floor. It was completed Feb. 16.

Clark said the equipment should be in sometime in April, but there's no set date because students at Iowa State are working on making it.

Involvement in the extreme makeover competition began almost two years ago when Clark made it a goal to begin an ag mechanics class but he couldn't because the school didn't have the necessary equipment.

He later heard about, and was able to apply, for the ag mechanics makeover.

In September, the FFA chapter learned it had won the makeover.

Students in the AgEds 488 class at Iowa State chose the top three most-deserving schools and presented them to the Agricultural Education Club.

The class will visit Glidden-Ralston in the fall to design the agricultural mechanics laboratory layout and will work with industry to get the equipment, technical assistance, materials and teacher training that are needed.

In a press release, Clark said he'd like to offer agricultural mechanics classes to adults and raise funds for community-improvement projects, especially those that would benefit the Carroll County Fairgrounds in Coon Rapids.

Clark currently teaches two classes that offer students credit from Des Moines Area Community College - survey of animal industry and agronomy.

Classes offered at Glidden-Ralston include animal science, plant science and agricultural business.