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Welcome to the Orion High School Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences!
What is Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Education?
This diverse Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal resources. Agriculture is NOT just farming!
Employment opportunities will continue to increase for those who provide and market an expanding array of food, fiber, and wood products to a growing world population. It is estimated that over 21 million people work in the agricultural industry. Continued globalization of the food, agricultural and natural resources system will increase opportunities for graduates who understand the socio-economic factors that define international markets. Graduates who know how to satisfy the diverse consumer needs and preferences in different cultures, and who have the language skills to communicate effectively, will have the best opportunities to be employed by the growing number of multi-national businesses.
The Three Components of the Orion HS Agricultural Sciences Education Department
1. Classroom/ Laboratory Instruction - When you sign up for an agricultural education class you can look forward to an exciting and fun experience as you explore the vast world of agriculture. You will learn from your instructor and spend time in the classroom, but a lot of the instruction will take place outside of the classroom-in the greenhouse working with plants, in the aquaculture lab raising fish , in a laboratory conducting experiments or in the shop making something with your hands.
2. SAE Programs - When you enroll in an agriculture education class, you can start a supervised agricultural experience program, also known as an SAE. Your SAE is a hands-on project that you create and it can be based on anything that relates to agriculture. Students can start their own business, work for an agricultural business, conduct a science experiment, or complete a job shadow.
Would you like to work with animals at a veterinarian's office? Plan and conduct a scientific experiment? Create beautiful floral arrangements? Or produce and market specialty foods? The possibilities are endless, and since you get to choose your supervised agricultural experience, expect to have a lot of fun while you gain experience in an area that you enjoy. And one of the best parts about an SAE? You earn a lot of money and earn awards!
3. FFA - Once enrolled in an agricultural education class, you are automatically a member of the Orion FFA Chapter. It is our nation's largest student organization, and it's fun! In addition to attending chapter meetings and working in special projects, you can travel to cool places, learn about hundreds of different careers and develop leadership and career skills that you can put to use in your local chapter and community.
If you have any questions regarding the Agriculture Department, please contact the Agriculture Instructor, Jay Solomonson, at 309-526-3361 ext.1422 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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