Agriculture: Animal & Plant Science

Agricultural & Plant Sciences

Agriculture is the nation’s largest employer with over 21 million people employed in the Agriculture industry. Franklin Technology Center offers Agriculture classes in both Animal and Plant sciences. Agricultural careers may be divided into various categories.

 These include:

  • Agribusiness Management
  • Animal Systems
  • Environmental Services
  • Food Products and Processing
  • Plant Systems
  • Natural Resources
  • Power, Structural, and Technical Systems

 


Course offered:

Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Open to grades 9-12 or 1st year Ag members -- Prerequisite: None
Students can experience exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems while surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources. These studies include areas of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics.

Principles of Agriculture Science - Animal
Open to grades 10,11, & 12 - Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
This course will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in Animal science. Students will do hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science while focusing on careers such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, or animal science industry personnel.

Principles of Agriculture Science - Plant
Open to grades 10,11, & 12 -- Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
This course will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in Plant science. Students will work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities, to learn the characteristics of plant science. They will explore careers in horticulture, agronomy, greenhouse management, and more.

Greenhouse/Landscape I & II
Open to grades 11 & 12 -- Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
This is a two-year, two-hour course focusing on landscaping and greenhouse operations. The greenhouse curriculum develops the basic understanding of plant science production of plants, identification of plants as well as greenhouse management techniques including energy management, construction, asexual and sexual propagation, and growing and marketing the products. In the landscape curriculum the students apply theory of landscape design to actual projects Site analysis, design, plant selection and installation of new landscapes and turf are covered. The class does several hands-on projects throughout the year including maintaining and operating a greenhouse.

Conservation of Natural Resources
Open to grades 10,11 & 12 -- Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Activities in the conservation and or improvement of natural resources such as soil, water, air, forest, fish and wildlife for economic and recreational purposes is the focus of this course.

Certified Veterinary Assistant
Open to grade 12 -- Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources and Animal Science
This course covers basic veterinary knowledge with a skills set that prepares the student to assist a veterinarian. The course covers basic terminology, zoonotic diseases, lab skills, sample collection, basic care for animals, breed identification (small and large), surgical instrument identification, surgical prep, drug administration, and professional conduct.

Supervised Agricultural Experience/Agri-Business Ed
Open to grade 12 -- Prerequisite: None - Instructor approval required to enroll
This work experience program is designed to meet the needs of students with career goals in the occupational areas of agricultural, technical, trade, and industrial education. The co-op program is an arrangement between the school and work site. Students may earn up to two credits for their on-the-job experience.

Additional Agriculture Classes that may be offered:

  • Agricultural Communications & Leadership (1/2 unit, grades 10, 11 & 12)
  • Agribusiness Sales, Marketing, and Management (1/2 unit, grades 10, 11 & 12)
  • Agricultural Structures (1/2 unit, grades 10, 11 & 12)
  • Small Engine Repair: Agricultural Power (1/2 unit, grades 10, 11 & 12)
FFA logoMembership in FFA
Going a step further in rounding out their education, FTC students are encouraged to join a national student organization, FFA. The members of this organization practice teamwork, leadership and problem-solving while promoting the choice of an agricultural career. Members also have an opportunity to hold office and participate at local, district, state, and national level contests. FFA membership builds premier leadership, personal growth,
and career success.

Career Opportunities

  • Ag Sales, Marketing and Business
  • Production Agriculture
  • Horticulture Sciences
  • Nurseries and Greenhouse Management
  • Landscape Designer
  • Forestry Management
  • Recreational Specialist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Soil Conservationist
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