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  Updated American FFA Degree Intent Links & Electronic State FFA Degree Checklist  
  Mindy Bunselmeyer  1/11/2021 1:16:00 PM  

    1.  American FFA Degree Information

    Please click here to complete the American FFA Degree intent due by Friday, January 15, 2021.  The American FFA Degree Intent is not required to complete the American FFA Degree Process.  If you do not complete the intent by January 15, 2021, you can still fill it out at any time after that, but please understand when it comes to interviewing time preferences it is first come first serve.  

    The American FFA Degree Information Sheet includes all of the information and deadlines necessary to complete the American FFA Degree Process for Illinois FFA members.

    To help provide you with as much assistance as possible in completing your American Degree application, we are going to host a webinar. The webinar date:

    • Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

    The webinar is scheduled to last about an hour.  However there will be time for questions, so the length of the webinar may vary slightly. The webinar is also posted on the channel where all webinars/videos are being posted:


    Webinar registration information:

    Dial-in number: (712) 451-0000

    Access code: 825723 PIN

    Online meeting ID:

    Instructions:  At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key.  To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

    1.  Star Discovery Applications

    *** NEW this year the Star Discovery applications will be done through AET.  

    1. Under Reports

    2. Degree Application Manager

    3. Then under Add New click on Generic Chapter/GH/State Star Application

    4. Once that is open then they select the area for Star and then the level of Discovery.  

    5. Then they begin the application.  

    3.  Proficiency Awards 

    Reminder at the District and State levels of competition, students will use the Illinois State Proficiency application, which is more of a comprehensive report generated from AET.  

    1. Under Reports

    2. Degree Application Manager

    3. Then under Add New click on Illinois State Proficiency 

    4. Once that is open then they begin the application

    More information about the scoring of Proficiency reports will be shared during the Section Chairs meeting and more information to follow.  The SAE committee will be conducting various workshops/question and answer sessions about the Illinois State Proficiency application/report.  The next one being January 12, 2021.  



    3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


    Join Zoom Meeting


    Meeting ID: 922 0880 1105


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    +13126266799,,92208801105# US (Chicago)


    Dial In:

            +1 312 626 6799


    How to Register      

    Ag teachers seeking continuing education units for professional development, should login to their account on Go to the Dashboard in the left column of the screen and scroll down to the lightbulb icon for Professional Development. Once there, find the workshops you would like to attend and register. 

    4.  2020 - 2021 Illinois FFA State Degree application information.  

    The application is accessed from AET for students and teachers.  Go to

    1. Login to AET

    2. Click on Reports

    3. Click on FFA Awards Degree/Application Manager

    4. Click on Add New Application drop-down box

    5. Select Illinois State FFA Degree

    6. The application is automatically locked to AET records.  

    7. All student access FFA awards using AET Reports and Degree Application Manager.  

    8. Teachers log into AET and choose Reports and Degree Application Manager to view their students with state degrees.  

    Illinois State FFA Degree Reminders:

    If any areas of the online application areas are NOT MET, the application can be printed but will be a DRAFT.

    The state degree application will be similar to the American FFA Degree application, it will include a checklist, but the checklist does not appear until you are ready to print.  The checklist does not affect the application or any items within the application. The checklist will be smaller than previous state FFA Degree checklists due to the automatic fills and checks within the application.  All of the information on the checklist is available within the application, however, the checklist ensures the Section review committees can catch issues prior to applications advancing. The manual review sheet is the last page of the PDF (Checksheet), so once the online portion is complete, the print part will develop a PDF version and the manual review sheet checks must be completed.  For google sheet/Excel document of the checklist - click here.  FIRST - Download the google sheet and then teachers can use the checklist as you go, as well as in virtual/online judging that may take place in your Section judging of the 2021 State FFA Degree. 

    I welcome any questions you may have, please let me know how we can help;

Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Phone: 217-753-3328 Cell: 217-412-5646
Address: 3221 Northfield, Springfield, IL 62702
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