Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Courses
Agricultural Education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, technology of plant and animal production, and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems.
Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems. Agricultural Education prepares students for more than 300 careers in the agricultural industry including production, financing, processing, marketing, and distribution of agricultural products. Agricultural Education develops leaders for the vast network of supporting careers that provide the supplies, services, management, and conservation of our natural resource systems.
The Agricultural Education program is built on the three core areas of classroom and laboratory instruction and supervised agricultural experience programs. The quality Agricultural Education program is designed for delivery through a balance of these three core educational strategies:
- Classroom/Laboratory Instruction – Quality instruction in and about agriculture that utilizes a “learning by doing” philosophy. Agricultural Education is an applied science that incorporates math, reading, social studies, and physical, chemical and biological sciences into each course.
- Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Programs – Students put knowledge and theory to use through relevant, experiential, agricultural learning projects. While completing SAE projects, students learn to apply the concepts and principles taught in their agriculture classes to real-world problems and scenarios.
The major program outcomes for students enrolled in an Agricultural Education program are:
- Opportunity to explore career options available in agriculture-related fields and to assist them in planning for a future career.
- Technical skills training for success in an agriculture-related career.
- Connectivity of school-based instruction with work-based learning.
- Leadership and personal development training needed to succeed in an agriculture-related career including teamwork, problem solving, and communications.
- Competitive advantage for students to succeed in an international economy.
- Commitment to community development and service through projects that require interaction with parents, agribusiness leaders, and other community organizations.
- Development of skills necessary for lifelong learning in agriculture leading to career advancement and success.
CAREER CLUSTER ALIGNMENT
Agricultural Education includes curriculum offerings for students in grades 7 through 12. Agricultural Education is designed to provide students with appropriate, comprehensive preparation for career and postsecondary education in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster. All Agricultural Education courses are contained in the following five career pathways.
- Agribusiness Systems
- Animal Systems
- Natural Resources Systems
- Plant Systems
- Power, Structural and Technical Systems
WHAT IS A CTE CONCENTRATOR?
A concentrator is a student who has earned four or more technical credits in a Career Cluster, at least one of which is a completer course. The student may earn all four credits from foundation courses or three from foundation and one from enhancement course for the Career Cluster.
WHAT IS A COMPLETER COURSE?
A completer course is the second or third level in a series that builds upon skills acquired in the previous course. The * beside the course(s) name indicates a completer course.
PRINCIPLES OF FAMILY AND HUMAN SERVICES
Course Number: FC11
Students learn life literacy skills and individual, family, and community systems in the context of the human services field. Emphasis is placed on human development, professional skills, diversity, analyzing community issues, and life management.
Course Number: BF05
This course prepares students to understand economic activities and challenges of individuals and families, the role of lifestyle goals in education and career choices, procedures in a successful job search, financial forms used in independent living, and shopping options and practices for meeting consumer needs. The course also prepares students to understand consumer rights, responsibilities, and information, protect personal and family resources, and apply procedures for managing personal finances.
Course Number: FN41
This course examines the nutritional needs of the individual. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of diet to health, kitchen and meal management, food preparation and sustainability for a global society, and time and resource management.
FOODS II – ENTERPRISE*
Course Number: FN42
Prerequisite: FN41 Foods I OR FH21 Culinary Arts and Hospitality I
This course focuses on advanced food preparation techniques. Food safety and sanitation receive special emphasis, with students having the opportunity to take the exam for a nationally-recognized food safety credential. Students develop skills in preparing foods such as yeast breads, cake fillings and frostings, and learn knife and garnishing skills. A real or simulated in-school food business component allows students to apply entrepreneurial strategies. English/Language Arts, mathematics and science are reinforced.
CTE ADVANCED STUDIES
Course Number: CS95
Prerequisite: Two technical credits in one Career Cluster. This culminating course is for juniors and seniors who have earned two technical credits, one of which is a completer course, in one Career Cluster.
The Advanced Studies course must augment the content of the completer course and prepare students for success in transitioning to postsecondary education and future careers. Students work under the guidance of a teacher with expertise in the content of the completer course in collaboration with community members, business representatives, and other school-based personnel. The four parts of the course include writing a research paper, producing a product, developing a portfolio, and delivering a presentation. Students demonstrate their abilities to use 21st century skills.
MULTIPLE ENHANCEMENT COURSES OFFERED
- CC45 Career Management
- BM10 Microsoft Word & PowerPoint (Standard & Honors Level Offered)
- BM20 Microsoft Excel & Access Honors
- MM51 Marketing
- ME11 Entrepreneurship I
- BF10 Principles of Business and Finance
- CS97 CTE Internship