Hands on, minds on
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
- Animal Science
- Forestry and Natural Resources
- Ornamental Horticulture
- Plant and Soil Science
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.
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.