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Overview      
Agricultural Education has been providing authentic learning opportunities since 1917 with the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act, and continues to focus on giving students real-world experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Agricultural Education programs are based on a three circle model that develops the whole student through classroom and laboratory instruction, student leadership and work -based learning experiences known as Supervised Agricultural Experience projects.

In California there are seven pathways within Agricultural Education:
         Agricultural Business
         Agricultural Mechanics
         Agriscience
         Animal Science
         Forestry and Natural Resources
         Ornamental Horticulture
         Plant and Soil Science

Benefits for Students      
  • Foundation in the academic and technical skills necessary for career and personal success
  • Leadership and interpersonal skill development
  • Authentic assessment of knowledge, skills, and abilities through on-demand demonstrations and portfolios

  • Outcomes      
  • Collaboration, articulation, and networking with all levels of delivery systems (elementary through post-secondary).
  • Supervised entrepreneurial and workplace learning experiences.
  • Linkages and partnerships with business and industry.
  • Professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and counselors.
  • Curriculum development based on performance and content standards
  • On-site technical assistance in programs

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    Charles Parker
    State Supervisor & State FFA Advisor
    916-319-0673
    cparker@cde.ca.gov
     
       

     
     
         
    Our Mission
    Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.

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