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STEM++ Career Pathway
NEXT Steps uses Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE) curriculum, our Digital Badge & Skillcoin Rewards System™, and Operation Restoration service-learning projects to provide students with real world workforce experiences.
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Verifies proven competencies in production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fuel, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products and resources.

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Digital Badges In Play

Begin by sharing the digital badges & Skillcoin Rewards™ you want to earn through social media
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JEM Apprentices

Form or join a Junior Executive Management (JEM) Team to coordinate a service-learning project that will help you accomplish your service-goal(s).
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 Select A Service Goal

Select an Operation Restoration service goal that you would like to accomplish with a member of our NEXT Steps Partner In Education network.
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Submit Your Work

Select the Earn This Badge icon or use our submission form below to submit proof that you have earned your digital badge(s) and Skillcoin Rewards™
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Digital Badges
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Products & Services II
Digital Badge

The Products & Services II Project Badge helps students explain/present in specific detail how the products and services of their College Town Service-Learning Project meet the needs of their College Town community.

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Takes Initiatives
Digital Badge

The Takes Initiatives Task Digital Badge is designed to help students identify the education, qualifications, and experiences necessary to secure their desired STEM++ career.

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Digital Badge

The Operations Project Badge helps students describe their College Town Service-Learning Project and how they deliver their products and services to meet the needs of their College Town community

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Research & Development
Digital Badge

The Research & Development Project Badge helps students anticipate and/or measure how their College Town community will react to the products and services offered through their College Town Service-Learning Project.

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Products Life Cycle
Digital Badge

The Product Life Cycle Project Digital Badge helps students understand the current position of their products and services within the life cycle of their College town Service-Learning Project.

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Agriculture, Food & Natural
Resources Digital Badge

The Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Digital Badge introduces students to Agribusiness, Animal, Environmental Service, Food Products & Processing, Natural Resources, Plant, Power, Structural & Technical Systems.

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To earn your digital badges & Skillcoin Rewards™, use this submission form to provide the following information:

  1. Your first, middle initial, last name and age.
  2. The name of your school, community group, grade, course and/or  instructor/group leader/mentor.
  3. The name of your JEM Team and the role you play on it (if applicable).
  4. The name and address of your College Town project site.
  5. The name of your Operation Restoration service-learning project and a brief description of how your service goal(s) will positively impact your College Town project site.
  6. A detailed description of how you used your STEM++ skills to achieve your service goal(s).

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Don’t forget to submit links and/or attachments to documents, videos, photos, audio clips, blog posts, news articles, social media content, etc. that show you implementing action items for your service project.

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Operation Restoration Service-Learning Goals

We believe donations should benefit the whole service team, not just the group at the top that “allocates resources”.  By converting your donation to philanthropy, we make sure:

  • 70% of each donation goes towards the actual project
    — 30% for student stipends as a reward for learning new STEM++ skills
    — 40% for supplies, equipment, service-providers and materials
  • NEXT Steps only keeps 30% of each donation
  • We give any remaining project funds to the host nonprofit organization . . . because everyone needs to keep their lights on
  • 30% Student Stipends
  • 40% Project Funds
  • 30% NEXT Steps

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Service Goal #1

Determine how the supply of agricultural products and agricultural industries change to meet the demand of consumers.
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Service Goal #2

Learn about major areas of agricultural mechanics technology: small engine maintenance and repair, metal fabrication, wood working, electrical wiring, agricultural machinery, equipment, and tractors.
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Service Goal #3

Integration of our Agricultural Technologies With Open Outdoor Designs (ATWOOD) Model into new and existing agricultural based projects and initiatives.
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Service Goal #4

Learn about the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals and the feeding, caring for, marketing, production, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products.
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Service Goal #5

Learn how to establish forests by natural and artificial means, maintaining and surveying forests, identifying and protecting trees, practicing silviculture, measuring trees and land, mapping, timber sales and harvest.
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Service Goal #6

Assess global agricultural sales, export and import practices to include the role of government in the sales and subsidization of agricultural products, online marketing, and the data from prices, sales, and market futures.
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ATWOOD Urban Design Course

Learn how we successfully converted a neighborhood eyesore into an outdoor recreational and educational community anchor in West End Atlanta.

Agriculture Digital Badge Collection Course

Learn how to accomplish each service-learning goal for the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Digital Badge Collection.

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Georgia Express Meals Pre-Apprenticeship Course

JEM Teams learn how to address childhood obesity and health disparities by coordinating a community meal service delivery project.

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