Why Would a Student Take a Course in Agricultural Education?

All courses in Agricultural Education are electives – none are required to graduate.  However, every year students apply to take an agricultural course for several reasons, including…

  • These courses can help raise your grades – it is an explicit and intentional goal that students who take an agricultural course improve their overall GPA.  Study strategies, note-taking, and test preparation are all intentionally taught along with the curriculum content.
  • Agricultural courses can prepare you for college – all courses in Agricultural Sciences are taught in a college-like atmosphere.  University-style lectures and discussion are the primary mode for instruction.  Textbooks are rarely used, if they are even used at all.  The material is entirely college-level – in fact, medical school textbooks, ecology field notes, and industry protocols are all examples of source materials for the curriculum.
  • These courses can improve your GPA – the average grade for an agricultural course is roughly an 85%, meaning most students get an A or a B.  If you do your homework and pay attention, it is pretty feasible to get a good grade, and homework is rarely, if ever given!  This means that you have more time for other homework when you take an ag course.
  • They are hands-on – on a weekly basis, classroom lecture is immediately followed by a hands-on, inquiry based lab the very next day.  These labs reinforce concepts covered in class and allow students to experience what they are learning firsthand.
  •  Agricultural Science = Field Trips – agricultural courses are based on the latest breakthroughs in science and business, and to ensure that we are up-to-date, we regularly and annually visit the places where these breakthroughs occur.
  • Students Have a Say – students in Agricultural Sciences directly impact how each course is taught.  They help grade their partners through peer reviews each week.  They assess the instructor’s ability to teach through course surveys each semester.  They help determine the rules and policies for each course at the beginning of each class.  In this department, the students’ ideas and opinions matter.
  • They can help you get a job – all courses in Agricultural Sciences are part of Career and Technical Education (CTE), meaning that they are required to help students become better prepared for the day when they will have to apply for both college and for a job.  Because of this, students in agricultural courses receive specific instruction on how to write a resume and cover letter, interview for a job, and apply for college  This means that you will be much better prepared for the day when you actually have to get into college or get a job.
  • All Courses are Inclusive – courses in Agricultural Sciences are meant to be accessible to all students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.  Accommodations to the curriculum are made regularly to ensure that all students have the opportunity to benefit from this program.  Students receive comparably more assistance for all assignments and extra help is always available on request.  If assistance is needed, it is provided.
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