• AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION

    AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS COURSE: # AG004
    GRADE: 10-12 CREDITS: 0.5
    LENGTH: 20 weeks PREREQUISITE: Algebra and Geometry
    In this course, students will examine elements of business, including marketing, sales, advertisement, management, and finance, and use that knowledge to develop business plans, financial reports, and strategic goals for new ventures or existing agricultural businesses. Learners will use course concepts to evaluate the financial environment and develop a marketing plan. While applying concepts of ethics and professionalism, students will build a diverse personal financial management skillset and explore career opportunities in the agribusiness management field.


    PUBLIC SPEAKING & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COURSE: #AG005
    GRADE: 10-12 CREDITS: 0.5
    LENGTH: 20 weeks PREREQUISITE: English 9/9E
    In this course, students are introduced to public speaking as an important component of their academic, work, and social lives. They study public speaking occasions, develop critical listening skills, conduct effective research, and prepare and present their own speeches. Learners will incorporate well-designed visual and multimedia aids into their presentations and benefit from listener feedback. This course will teach students the skills and best practices necessary to communicate and lead a diverse group of people. Using the fundamentals of effective leadership, students will design or embrace a school or community based project to make a positive difference in the lives of others. This course is a valuable resource for all who aspire to become leaders, especially students interested in business, law, government, military, athletics, and agriculture.


    ANIMAL SCIENCE COURSE #AG001
    GRADE: 9-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: LIVING ENVIRONMENT
    This hands-on course covers both the scientific principles and practical applications relating to animal care and management. Students will acquire knowledge on all types of animals - ranging from large to small and exotic to endangered. Specific units will cover the history and use of animals, animal handling and safety, cells and tissues, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, animal health, animal products, marketing and selection. Students will be responsible for the care and management of the classroom small animals and explore hands-on projects, activities and laboratory work to learn about the industry and its variety of careers. Course meets FFA program requirements.


    FOOD SCIENCE COURSE #AG002
    GRADE: 9-12 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: LIVING ENVIRONMENT
    “Eat Fresh! Got Milk? Where’s the Beef? I’m Loving it!” I bet that you can match most of these popular catchphrases with their corresponding food industry company! In this course, students will explore hands-on activities, laboratories, projects, and problems that stimulate actual concepts and situations found within the food science and safety industry. We will build content knowledge and technical skills through the investigation of food safety, food chemistry, food processing and preservation, nutrition, digestion, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), food labels, food quality, flavoring, food product design, development, and marketing. Students will gain a better understanding of the science that goes into the food they eat and acquire the knowledge and skills to be an informed consumer. Course meets FFA program requirements.


    AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE COURSE #AG003
    GRADE: 9-10 CREDITS: 1
    LENGTH: 40 WEEKS PREREQUISITE: NONE
    This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to agriculture, its applications, and leadership development. Topics may include: agricultural careers, soils, animal care, plant science, hunting, landscape design, horticulture, tractor operation, food science, natural resources, crops, FFA, and communications. Students will develop their own Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and use their acquired knowledge and problem solving strategies to complete real world agricultural problems. This introductory course is highly recommended for all students interested in completing future high school agricultural coursework (such as Animal Science & Food Science) and meets FFA program requirements.