What is Agricultural Education?
Agricultural Education provides:
• Employability skills students can transfer from the classroom setting to their careers.
• Life knowledge and all the soft skills that employers seek.
• Instruction that brings to life the concepts of rigor, relevance, and relationships by engaging students in a model that has worked since 1917 with the inception of agricultural education in public schools.
• Instruction that will engage students in the globalization of agriculture as the solution for environmental demands, food safety, technology, natural resource protection, and urbanization.
• Immediate application of the principles and theories taught in the core academic subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
• Potential for high school core academic credit through agricultural education courses.
• Creation of future entrepreneurs.
• Learning for diverse student populations including ethnicity, special needs, socioeconomic levels, cultural backgrounds, etc.
• Opportunities for students to engage in service-learning in real world situations.
• Character development of all students.
• Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects provide real-life training in money management, budgeting, and maintaining financial records.
• FFA and leadership development activities that help develop the whole person and promote interpersonal relations and communication skills, problem solving, teamwork, and character development.
The strength of the program lies in the flexibility and dedication of teachers, administrators and staff whose philosophy is, “We don’t just teach agriculture, we teach students”.