Teacher: Rebecca Cossa

Careers in Animal and Plant Sciences I

Course overview: Students cultivate an understanding of the diverse and profitable fields of agriculture. A wide variety of topics are covered including plant and animal biology and technology, leadership skills, college and career exploration, and career skills development. The program emphasizes hands-on, head-on and hearts-on learning with on-site projects, public speaking events, work placements; and in a typical year, guests speakers and related field trips to businesses, organizations, colleges, and industry events in high-quality, rigorous, challenging context. In the first year, students focus on five animal science and five plant science careers including Veterinary Technician, Wildlife Manager, Animal and Plant Producer, Floral Designer, Arborist/Tree Climber, Animal and Plant Research Scientist, Landscape Architect, Agriculture Business Manager, and Animal Trainer.

Careers in Animal and Plant Sciences II

Course overview: In the second year, students apply to colleges, design and run a year-long research project, and work at off-site placements in a real-world context. All students are FFA members which connects young agriculturalist to others like them and industry professionals around the nation. Opportunities in leadership, competitions, awards and travel are available to members.

Academics: Career literacy, math and science are integrated into Careers in Animal and Plant Sciences I and II.

College articulation agreements: SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Ulster, Dutchess Community College

What students say...

"If you like being adventurous, then this is the class for you! I learned about my environment and developed skills I didn't know I needed. Oh, and if you like rats, this is the place to come!"

– A'Rayna Bassue, Chris Hurley, and Karlee Bishop

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