Agricultural Finance and Economics
The Agricultural Finance Pathway is designed to introduce students to agricultural economics, and skills within accounting. Students in this pathway receive a broad view of the many food system and its linkage with financial institutions, our nation, government, environment, the word market, and business. Students learn about how the decision making process that arises from our unlimited wants for limited resources. By the end of the course, students are able to explain major agricultural economic concepts and identify these concepts in our everyday life.
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology
The Agricultural Mechanics Pathway focuses mainly on the knowledge and hands-on skills and workplace skills applicable to construction in the agricultural industry. A few of the major units of instruction include: personal safety, hand tools, power tools, blueprint reading, drywall, painting and stone laying.
The Animal Science Pathway provides students with the strong biological and natural background in science to help students understand the principles that are important to the management and raising of individual species as well as livestock and companion animals. This pathway also allows students to gather a basic understanding on how these animals are raised and managed with an emphasis on new technological applications and animal production. Students are introduced to specific principles in animal nutrition, physiology, behavior, reproduction, and molecular genetics. Students also address the industry characteristics and management of individual species such as beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, horses, and poultry.
Food Science and Technology
The Food Science Pathway provides students with a learning experience within food science and safety. This allows students to apply their scientific knowledge and processes to the development and preservation of many different food products. Issues of food science safety are also examined from a scientific and technological perspective. Students critically analyze information to evaluate and draw conclusions on the appropriate use of technology in food science and safety practices. Units of instruction include: principles if food preservation, food processing, biochemistry, food selection, and customer health. Students examine societal issues concerning the development and preservation of food products, and make career plans in the food industry.
The Horticulture Pathway is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills in following areas of study: using soil and other plant growing media, identifying and propagating horticultural plants: basics of growing horticultural plants in the greenhouse and nursery setting, designing landscape plans, hardscape construction techniques, designing, installing landscape plans, a basic understanding on building and managing a working hydroponics systems.
Biotechnology in Agriculture
The Biotechnology in Agriculture Pathway focuses on the implementation of biotechnology in agriscience. The courses provide students with an introduction to the field of biotechnology, STEM education as it relates to agriculture, and insight into the process and products of general agricultural research. Students learn the history and development of laboratory techniques as they apply to modern procedures in a variety of agriscience research fields including agronomy, plant sciences, soil and water management, and agricultural power and engineering. Students also receive instruction in the application of a wide array of biological fields including: genetics/heredity, anatomy, plant physiology, biochemistry, and microbiology.