Preparing future leaders for careers in classrooms, communities and corporations

Take a Look Inside ALEC

ALEC students study how people work together and lead their peers, learn from and educate others, and communicate issues related to food, agriculture, and the environment.  

An ALEC Education

Our planet’s grand challenges can only be solved by people working together to change things. In the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program, we prepare students for careers designed to make organizations stronger, high school students more prepared, and society more informed.

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Leadership Minor

Open to all U of I students this program teaches valuable leadership qualities to prepare you for a successful career.

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Certificate Program

Hone your strategic planning and communications skills with our Certificate in Agricultural and Environmental Communications.

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Our Faculty

ALEC faculty train leaders and teachers to help tackle global challenges in agriculture, human development, and the environment.

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For information on different activities our students are involved in throughout the school year or exciting, new research are faculty are working on, browse our news stories.

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Give to ALEC

We prioritize giving students the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning experiences. Giving financial support helps us fund important experiential learning activities that are not covered by student tuition costs.