California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 19 - Executive Committee Meeting, Teleconference

September 20-21 - Southern Region Meeting, Imperial Valley

September 20-21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Arcata HS

October 13 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister HS

Oct 27-Nov 2 - National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

November 6-7 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 9 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15 - Superior Region Meeting, Auburn/Rocklin Area

November 22-23 - San Joaquin Region Meeting/Roadshow, Tenaya Lodge

November 23 - Central Region Meeting, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne

December 3-7 - NAAE Conference, Anaheim

December 5-7 - Community College Midwinter Institute, College of the Sequoias, Visalia

January 9-10 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto JC

January 15-17 - CATA Advanced Leadership Conference, Wonder Valley

January 15-17 – Winter Governing Board, Wonder Valley

January 25 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 1 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 3-4 - Supervising Teachers Institute, Sacramento

February 22 - Central Region Meeting, El Capitan HS, Merced

February 22 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Mission Oak HS,Tulare

February 24 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 14 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico HS

March 21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Analy HS, Sebastopol

March 28 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly, Pomona

April 18 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU, Fresno

April 22-25- NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Las Vegas

April 23-26 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

May 2 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21-25 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

CATA Hall of Fame - Class of 2015

Ken Harris

Hughson High School, 1964-1981, CATA Executive Director 1981-1992,
San Joaquin Region Supervisor 1992-2011

Teacher of Excellence
Honorary American Degree
CATA Founders Award 1993

Ken Harris began his teaching career in Hughson in 1964. After 17 years, he was selected as the first CATA executive director. In Sacramento, Ken initiated legislation that led to the establishment of Agricultural Education Standards. Following the adoption of these standards, Ken helped to establish a funding source for agriculture programs. His efforts led to $3 million being set aside for agriculture programs meeting the standards. To date, over $120 million have gone into agriculture programs. After spending 11 years in Sacramento, Ken became the supervisor for the San Joaquin Region. Ken annually mentored over 150 teachers and 18,000 students, as well as two national and 31 state officers; he also served on the National Proficiency Committee. In Washington D.C., Ken was an advocate for a national incentive grant program. Upon his retirement, Ken had been engaged in agricultural education for 47 years, all of which were to promote opportunities to enhance the quality of agricultural education.