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Connecting With You: About the New Educational Event Progression Levels

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At the heart of Noble’s new educational progressions is a simple idea: We want to better serve you.

The process began by asking ourselves some pointed questions: What information is most valuable to you? What problems are you experiencing that we could help overcome? Do our educational courses provide quality information in the best possible learning environment? And — most importantly for this article — how do we improve our communication so you receive timely, relevant information?

This is about a relationship between Noble and you. Some relationships may only be a few months old; some are generational, passed down from parent to child. But every relationship is important to us. We know that good communication is the bedrock for building stronger bonds.

As we unveil these new educational opportunities, it is critical that everyone can easily understand the changes and access the necessary information.

About the Event Levels

The first step is to understand the educational event levels.

Each educational event will be assigned one of five designations: Introduction, Level 1: Essentials, Level 2: Building, Level 3: Advanced and Level 4: Master. (We also offer some “general public” courses, which do not fit into an educational progression. These courses offer information about agriculture-based hobbies and natural resource topics relevant to anyone.) See the sidebar for a description of each level. These descriptions will help you determine where you fit into the progressions. As participants gain competencies, they can progress to the next level.

The transition from individual educational programs to educational progressions will happen throughout 2019, which means our website will be changing.

Continue to check www.noble.org/events to keep track of all the upcoming offerings. Each educational event listed online now has an official level assigned to it. If you’d like to see the level descriptions again, you can always visit www.noble.org/events/course-levels.

Soon each educational event will have a list of related courses that will help you move through the educational progressions. For example, if you sign up for a Level 1: Essentials livestock seminar, you will see upcoming educational opportunities that relate to the livestock progression.

In the near future, there will be a course catalog dedicated to each educational progression. These catalogs will provide visual maps of the interconnected classes and the learning objectives for each educational event.

Progression Levels

Each educational event will be assigned one of five designations below. The assigned level will be based on the content of the class.


Introductory courses are designed to provide you with basic concepts, definitions and introductory information on a topic related to production agriculture. These courses are generally offered as a seminar.

Level 1: Essentials

Level 1 courses provide you with information on the core basics of a production management topic. Essential courses are intended to provide you with strong foundational knowledge. These courses are generally offered in a classroom setting.

Level 2: Building

Level 2 courses build on the knowledge that you receive in Level 1 courses. These courses will provide you with necessary information that will help you begin to build toward a management plan. These courses are generally offered in the field and provide demonstration of tools, techniques and equipment.

Level 3: Advanced

Level 3 courses help you begin to manage your operation as a system. Advanced learning will provide you with confidence to make more informed decisions. These courses are generally offered in a production operation setting and are hands-on.

Level 4: Master

Level 4 courses meet the needs of highly skilled and operating producers. These classes will provide you with the most advanced content available in each discipline. These courses are designed to be intensive and will have a limited number of participants.

J. Adam Calaway
Director of Communications and Public Relations