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Agricultural education show

  1. 1. Agricultural Education in Mecklenburg County“A TRADITION OF TEAMWORK”
  2. 2. The transition from the Middle School to the High SchoolAgriculture Program should be a smooth one. For the Agriculture students in Mecklenburg County our students feel as if they are still in the same department even if they are at a different campus. The departments throughout the county work well together to ensure success for our students. A successful High School Agriculture Program depends greatly on a successful Middle School program. It is not required that Recruitment is a crucial part of the students take Agriculture at Agriculture program. We actually start the middle school level in order to take the classes at recruiting as early as the 4th grade the high school. However; during our Food for America the students that do start programs. Through the 6th 7th and 8th there help to form a grade classes, students learn about foundation based on skills and a working knowledge of many aspects of Agriculture. Students the FFA. This helps the high are shown how to take advantage of school teacher to explain opportunities at the high school level opportunities to the other both in the classroom and in the FFA students. Chapter.
  3. 3. The vision of Agricultural Education in Mecklenburg County is much the same as the overall mission of The National FFA Organization. We are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. So How do we do that?
  4. 4. This is a “Get your hands dirty “ kind of class. Learning to Do Agricultural Education uses a Doing to Learn hands-on, competency-basedEarning to Live and approach that teaches skills and Living to Serve concepts that are useful and practical . The dirt washes off, but what you learn stays with you.
  5. 5. Agricultural Education in Mecklenburg County“A TRADITION OF TEAMWORK”
  6. 6. Agriculture Classes offered at the High School Level• Foundations of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (Ag1)• Introduction to Animal Systems (Ag 2)• Ag Production Technology (Ag. 3) – Completer level with a certification (75% pass rate)• Introduction to Horticulture• Greenhouse Mgt. – Completer level cert. available Suggestions for a 3 year plan:• Small Engine Repair Add a Dual Enrollment Forestry Class to the high school schedule. Forestry is a major industry in Mecklenburg County with lots of forestland to be harvested and planted as well as several businesses that process forest products.
  7. 7. Small Engine Repair
  8. 8. Welding and Metal workBasicwoodworking, MIGWelding and Oxy fuelwelding are also partof the Agriculturecurriculum in most ofthese classes. Ourstudents learn basicskills to become goodhomeowners andquite a few have goneon to begin careers inthese fields.
  9. 9. FFA Accomplishments across the county.5 State FFA Officers3 National Proficiency Award finalists9 State Winning Public Speakers1 National runner up public speaker1 State Star Farmer2 State Star AgribusinessmenNumerous Area Proficiency Award Winners3 State Winning Forestry teamsNumerous Superior Chapter awardsState Computer Applications AwardAnd many more……..Countless teams competing in a variety of local, state and national contests (called Career Development Events or CDEs).
  10. 10. Bluestone FFA Chapter President Zach Sullivan
  11. 11. Bluestone FFA Chapter Dalton Campbell
  12. 12. Bluestone FFA Chapter Reporter Kathryn Eckler
  13. 13. Jonathan Bailey
  14. 14. Southside Area Star Agribusinessman and Star Farmer Award Erik Obst and Kimberly Pittard
  15. 15. In-class laboratory projects
  16. 16. Agriscience Fairat the South Central Fair
  17. 17. Junior Division
  19. 19. The Incredible Machine determined“How many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop”.
  20. 20. Erik Obst studied which fish food provides the best growth and color for his Koi farm.
  21. 21. These Lab projects often involvethe SAE projects that students are involved with at home
  22. 22. Collaboration with other classes• Students on a frequent basis get to perform the skills they have learned in a practical setting here at the school – Landscaping the grounds of the schools – Repairing and building a wide variety of athletic equipment and the facilities for the sports teams – Aiding the art department in building hanging frames for art exhibit – The Biology classes can use the greenhouse for studying plants – Soil samples with the Earth Science classes – Plant wars a competition between teachers to see who can raise the best plant over 10 weeks – Endless possibilities
  23. 23. Community Service Projects Ag Mechanics classes construct rocking horses each year for Toys for Tots
  24. 24. Students built benches and the FFA donated them to the YMCA soccer program
  25. 25. Bluestone FFA Chapter Watt Pittard
  26. 26. FOOD FOR AMERICAAgriculture students teach elementary students about what you can do in a greenhouse.
  27. 27. Room for improvement?•Both ends of the county could make a longlist of equipment that would update ourprogram.•Additional welders, Updated irrigationequipment for the greenhouses, Small animallab at the middle schools, a full Land lab areall things that would add to an “IDEAL”Agriculture program.•As it stands we are doing a good job teachingthe basics of today’s Food and Fiber system.Improve our certification rate and continue tosearch for more certification•Must promote better, recruit more, and ourprogram must showcase our students to thegeneral public even more than we do.•Add a DE Forestry class through DabneyLancaster•Continue to grow our Middle schoolprograms and keep our High School programshealthy.