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    Subjects I teach: Agriculture, Industrial Technology, and Work-Based Learning
    Sports I coach: Football and Track
    Activities I Advise: FFA and Technology Challenge

    Course Guide:



    Twenty-four million Americans (one in five eligible workers) work in the agriculture industry today, making it the largest employment sector in America. However, many people think that means that one in five Americans is a farmer; that is not true! Actually only one percent of the 24 million employed in agriculture are farmers! Nearly all jobs in the agriculture industry deal with over 300 careers that provide services or products to farmers and/or get the farmers’ products processed, marketed, and sold to the consumers. If you’re interested in a job that helps to feed and clothe the world, these classes are for you.


    Intro to Ag, Food & Nat. Res.        Course # 701A/B

    Grades:  9th-12th                 Course Length:  Year


    This class will explore some of the careers and skills used by people working in agriculture. Units include but are not limited to the areas of horticulture, food and animal science, agri-business, ag careers, and character development. This course will also utilize the many learning opportunities available through the FFA to enhance the students’ leaning. Lastly, students will conduct their own self-guided agricultural learning activity (SAE) in which they will be responsible for setting their own learning objectives and maintaining records of their progress.


    Horticulture                                           Course # 702

    Grades:  9th-12th              Course Length:  Semester

    Pre-requisite: Intro to Ag


     Horticulture is a booming field of agriculture. The class will explore the many facets of this field such as: plant propagation, greenhouse and nursery production, landscape design and installation, turf grass management, hydroponics, and floriculture design. As in all ag courses, FFA and SAE will be an integral part in the students’ learning.


    Natural Resources                                                Course # 703

    Grades 9th-12th                Course Length:  Semester

    Pre-requisite: Intro to Ag


    This course will deal heavily with the identification, management, and feeding/reproduction characteristics of upland game birds, water fowl, sport fish, and small and large mammals. We will also look at habitat/watershed management in addition to the role that the DNR, EPA, hunters & fishers, and farmers have on our natural resources. As in all ag courses, FFA and SAE will be an integral part in the students’ learning.


    Agri-Science and Bio-Technology    Course #705A/B

    Grades: 10th-12th                    Course Length:  Year

    Pre-requisite: Intro to Ag, Biology


    Agriculture, by its nature, is a science. Everything in the industry deals with biology and chemistry on nearly a daily basis. The major focus of this class will be soil, plant, and animal science and the role biotechnology is playing in the industry. Additionally, there will be units on food science, natural resource science & conservation and renewable resources. We will also look into the world of precision agriculture and the impact GIS/GPS is having on our world food production. As in all ag courses, FFA and SAE will be an integral part in the students’ learning.


    Agri-Business: Management, Marketing, & Leadership                                      Course # 706A/B

    Grades: 10th-12th                        Course Length:  Year

    Pre-requisite: Intro to Ag


    Agriculture is a highly competitive industry. Without the skills taught in this class, many businesses struggle and/or fail. In this class we will learn to do partial budget analysis, income tax preparation, futures & options hedging, cash flow statements, enterprise analysis, real-estate purchasing, risk avoidance and more. In addition all students in this class will compete in a national commodity marketing competition through the Chicago Board of Trade. We will also complete many units in a national character education curriculum, such as leadership, integrity, work ethics, volunteering, public speaking, and many more.

    As in all ag courses, FFA and SAE will be an integral part in the students’ learning.


    Agricultural Educ. Guided Study    Course #708A/B

    Grades:  10th-12th       Course Length: Semester or Year

    Pre-requisite: Intro to Ag


    This class is for students who want to maintain their FFA membership but have already taken all of the Ag classes offered or cannot fit an Ag class into their schedules. Permission from the instructor and principal are required to take this class, and the course content will be agreed upon by the student, teacher, and principal on an individual basis.




    Every single thing you see around you that is not part of the natural world is an example of technology. Nearly everything you see has been invented, designed, produced, and refined by people working in the field of technology. So if you ever look at your toaster and wonder how it works, look at a computer and wonder how it was made, or stare at a sports car and wonder what makes it go fast, these classes will help you find your answers. Because Technology Education is all about: .Understanding technical systems and their applications, being able to analyze and solve technical problems.  .Understanding effective management of resources, being able to assess and prepare for occupations.  .Being familiar with a variety of technical occupations. .Being able to apply cooperative skills in the work place..Being able to apply basic skills from other subjects (such as science, math, and  language arts) to technology and technical occupations. The process of applying the applications and skills of the technology being presented. (Hands-on learning).




    Mechanics                                          Course # 752A/B

    Grade:  9th – 12th                           Course Length:  Year


    After this course students will be proficient in welding, small engine repair, basic automobile repair, hydraulics, electric motors, and general safe tool use. At the end of the course students will be able to refurbish an engine or design and build their own metal project.


    Construction                                       Course #751A/B

    Grade:  9th – 12th                         Course Length:  Year


    This course covers units on construction site measurement & leveling, concrete pouring, stud wall framing, electrical wiring, basic plumbing, sheet rocking, completing basic household repairs, and doing basic household improvements (such as putting in a garbage disposal, ceiling fan, or laminate flooring). We will also have units on comparing and taking out a mortgage, making appraisal values, paying property taxes. If time and weather permits the course will conclude with the construction of a deluxe garden shed.


    Woodworking                                     Course #753A/B

    Grade: 9th -12th                           Course Length:  Year


    This class will begin with instruction on safe tool operation and woodworking principles. The students will then build a novice project to hone there skills with woodworking tools.  Students will then take the knowledge they gained in the first quarter and half and put that to use on a personal project. The students will begin by designing their own product. During the actual construction of the project, they will be responsible for proper record keeping so that they can turn in an accurate bill of materials and a step-by-step construction outline.


    Engineering Drafting & Design        Course #755A/B

    Grade:  9th – 12th                          Course Length: Year


     Students will learn mechanical engineering. They will utilize those principles to design a number of 2 & 3-dimensional parts and assemblies using CADD (AutoCAD & ProEngineer). With these parts and assemblies, they will make engineered and exploded view drawings. Also as a part of this class students will compete in the Super-Mileage Car Competition.


    Architectural Drafting & Design       Course #756A/B

    Grade: 9th – 12th                           Course Length: Year


    In this class students will learn the principles of residential architecture including styles, codes, and layout. They will utilize those principles to design a number of 2- and 3-dimensional homes using CADD (AutoCAD & Chief Architect). This includes plot layouts, floor plans, and elevation drawings. As a part of this class students will compete in the Technology Challenge.




    More schools today are offering programs where students can learn about the world-of-work by being involved as a working student in a realistic job environment.  This program will give the student a distinct advantage after graduation.  These include, the ability to explore different career fields, an opportunity to develop the basic employment skills and a work experience record to be used when you finish school, and finally an opportunity to learn firsthand what employers really want and expect in an employee.


     Work-Based Learning (School/Business Partnerships) 2 hours for (1) Semester  -                                                   Course #790

    Grade:  12th                           Course Length: Semester


    Work-based Learning is an educational program that uses workplaces to structure learning experiences that contribute to the social, academic, and career development of students.

     Program Areas and Possible Pathways


    The following list does not include all areas, but provides an idea of what type of work experience could be created. Students need to have a special interest in the area in which they are applying for their work experience. Also, students need to have taken preparatory courses in the area in which they wish to work.  For example, if a student is interested in Animal and Plant Science, s/he should have taken ag and ecology. If interested in Food Service, s/he should have taken Foods and have a strong background in science, etc.  A good foundational course for any area would be Career and Family Relations.

    1.        Agriculture

    2.        Business and Marketing

    3.        Family and Consumer Science

    4.        Health Occupations

    5.        Service Occupations

    6.        Technical Careers