The JTA Agriscience Program

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  • Agriscience is a one-credit course that provides students with a general overview of the five major career areas in Agriscience Education: Plant Biosystems, Animal Biosystems, Agri-Commerce and Communication, and Environmental and Natural Resources. Students are involved in classroom and laboratory activities in each of the five major career areas. Application of agriculture-related case studies is used to demonstrate and reinforce skills taught in this course.

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    Helen Keller School of Alabama

     

    E.H. Gentry Technical Facility

     

    Alabama School for the Deaf

     

    Alabama School for the Blind

    ASB offers an Agriculture Class for grades 6–10. The students are guided through the Alabama Course of Study in Agriscience Education. The students will have embedded opportunities to join the Future Farms of America (FFA), attend conferences, and workshops. The FFA program is for studentsgrades 8-12. These students will develop a portfolio that reflects their own unique experience and achievements.

    Instructional Philosophy

    Agriscience Education places a new emphasis on the integration of academics into existing agriculture/Agriscience curricula, especially in the areas of science and mathematics. As a result of this focus, new programs are included in the Agriscience Education curriculum. This new direction serves two primary purposes: (1) to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to enter and advance in agricultural careers and (2) to enable students to function as informed citizens in today's society. The Agriscience Education mission is to prepare students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems

    Course Description

    Agriscience is a one-credit course that provides students with a general overview of the five major career areas in Agriscience Education: Plant Biosystems, Animal Biosystems, Agri-Commerce and Communication, and Environmental and Natural Resources. Students are involved in classroom and laboratory activities in each of the five major career areas. Application of agriculture-related case studies is used to demonstrate and reinforce skills taught in this course

    Prerequisites

    N/A

    Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

    Future Farmers of America. The FFA is a dynamic youth organization that is an intra-curricular component of and Agriscience program. FFA offers a variety of opportunities for members to get involved through leadership conferences, scholarship opportunities, and competitive events. The FFA Mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through Agriscience education. To find out more about FFA, please visit www.alabamaffa.org or www.ffa.org.

    Course Goals

    1.​To provide education in and about agriculture from the perspective of science and technology.
    ​2.​To prepare students for employment in an agricultural career.
    ​3.​To prepare students for entry into postsecondary programs in Agriscience fields.
    ​4.​To provide education about the role of Agriscience in the conservation of the Earth’s natural resources.
    ​5.​To develop life and employability skills essential for successful employment.
    6.​To develop skills needed to fulfill occupational, social, and civic responsibilities.