According to the Dallas News, the study of agriculture and its related sciences is gaining popularity on a handful of public high school campuses. Specifically, students from various urban and suburban schools districts throughout Texas are leading the renewed interest in agriculture sciences.
- Agribusiness Management
- Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications
- Building Construction Management
- Resource Development and Management
- Parks, Recreations, and Tourism Services / Venues
- Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
- Food Science
Public School Programs: Innovative Agriculture Opportunities
Students attending agricultural public high school programs are taught technical and analytical skills that will propel their education and careers forward. For example, as the Dallas News further reveals, students in the public high schools’ agricultural classes are required to understand skills and concepts such as:
- How to assess fecal samples from various agricultural animals to identify infections
- Skills behind genetic engineering of plants, studies in floral design, and plant growth
- Innovative concepts related to the field of biotechnology
- Related skills and services through the study of food and natural resources
Through hands-on, real world, and engaging learning opportunities, students not only hone their skills in agriculture, but also gain a greater understanding of the complexities of core-subject areas, including chemistry and science. Adding to this, the director of Agricultural Programs for the Texas Education Agency adds, “Such applied learning is invaluable to students, and that's why certification and licensure programs are being emphasized like never before.”
Public high schools today are certainly paving the way for the agricultural industry of the future. Experts predict that 80 percent of the “real jobs in agricultural processing” are found in urban and suburban communities, and subsequently, public schools’ agricultural courses provides students with advanced skills to prepare for work in an evolving job market.