Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Hosted at the Salem County Career and Technical High School
The Salem County Career and Technical High School has expanded the educational opportunities for students interested in agriculture. The Academy of Agriculture Sciences prepares students for employment and higher education leading to employment. The academy follows a prescribed curriculum designed to engage students in agricultural science through hands-on applied learning activities, experiments, problem solving and critical thinking.
The academy courses focus on a progression of animal and plant science. Students begin coursework by learning content based in agriculture, food and natural resources. The academy then introduces concepts of plant science, and plant and animal biotechnology. As seniors, students will produce a culminating research project, approved by the instructor, reflecting the objectives learned in the academy. These studies are not limited to lecture and theoretical discussions. Students will work directly with animals, cultivate plants and create projects that demonstrate learning. In addition to working in a resourceful classroom, students will visit local farms and nurseries to gain first hand professional experience. Students will also be eligible to take elective classes in aquaculture and environmental issues. Academy students will care for as well as facilitate gardens on campus that yield produce for use in the classroom and the school’s culinary arts programs.
The academy operates as a co-curricular activity with FFA. The FFA promotes and supports agricultural education on both a state and national level. Students from the Career and Technical High School have held state office positions in the FFA, including state president. FFA students participate in leadership activities and education-based competitions.
The academy also provides students with dual credit college classes aligned with Salem Community College’s associate degrees in both science and agriculture. Students can earn as many as 17 college credits while in high school at no cost to the student or their family.
Co-curricular activities exist for students to take advantage of at the Career and Technical High School. Opportunities also exist for students to participate in sports programs at their resident high school district.
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