How to Apply
The Agricultural Education Center will be recruiting at local middle schools in September and October. Ask your School Counselor when we are coming to your school!
Please also visit us at our Open House for Interested 8th Graders on November 9th at 6:00pm.
Application materials are available to download from this page or you can get a hard copy from your School Counselor or by visiting us at the Ag Center.
Who may apply:
We accept 8th graders who reside in the following towns: Killingly, Brooklyn, Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson, Woodstock, Eastford, Plainfield, Canterbury, Sterling, Voluntown and Griswold. We can also accept applications from current 9th graders who plan to enter the program as 10th graders. We do not typically accept applications from rising Juniors or Seniors.
Completing the Application:
The application is standardized to all of CT's Agriculture Science and Technology Programs. The application can be filled out electronically, or can be printed and completed by hand. You can submit the application by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Killingly Agriculture Education Center 226 Putnam Pike Dayville, CT 06241. Once a complete application is received, all applicants must also participate in a 5 minute (3 question) interview and parent information session to review program expectations.
All applications are evaluated by the following criteria using a standardized scoring system.
1. Demonstrated interest in a career in an agricultural or agricultural related field.
2. Personal meeting and/or interview with ASTE staff and/or school personnel.
4. Attendance record.
5. Academic records.
6. Behavioral records.
7. Standardized assessment scores
We recruit at local middle schools throughout the months of September and October.
Open House for Interested 8th Graders is November 9th, 2023
Initial application deadline is December 15th, 2023
Interview night will be held on January 11th, 2024 (snow date January 18th)
Student applicants who interview in January and meet our admission criteria are notified by mail in February.
We will continually accept and review completed applications until all seats in the incoming class for the 2024-2025 school year is full. Once the class is full, student applicants who meet our minimum criteria will be placed on a waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be contacted when a seat opens up and this can happen at any time throughout the spring and summer up until the first week of school.