On June 7, Roland-Story FFA chapter officers attended the North Central District Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT).

Hosted at Ellsworth Community College, this annual conference welcomed FFA members from all over the district. While at this fun and interactive training, officers and members engaged in four workshops aimed at preparing them for their leadership positions and developing themselves personally.

Led by both former and current FFA district and state officers, this year’s workshops focused on advocating for agriculture, connecting with stakeholders, collaborating as a team and recruiting for local chapters. FFA officers also received advice regarding their specific responsibilities within local chapters.

Iowa FFA President, Zach Hamilton, said, “COLT conference provides a chance for FFA members to learn more about their responsibility as a local leader and is a conference for members to meet and connect with state, district and other chapter officers.”

COLT conference programming is designed as a two-year rotation of local leaders training. Focus areas for next year have been determined and will include agriculture literacy, time management, professionalism, and self-confidence. COLT topics are specifically selected to equip FFA members to be successful leaders in high school and beyond.