Agricultural Education


This two-year program prepares students for agricultural careers in a variety of areas through course work, labs, project based learning, and greenhouse studies. Agricultural Education introduces students to the cultivation, processing, marketing and distribution of food, forestry and horticulture that occur in built-up “intra-urban” areas. Agriculture has been identified as a growing career field with many job opportunities and a shortage of qualified workers. According to the National FFA Organization, agriculture is the nation’s largest employer, with more than 23 million jobs (17 percent of the civilian workforce) involved in some facet of American agriculture.

Program Instructor

Barnett

 

Miss Melanie Barnett is a veteran when it comes to Agricultural Education. Ms. Barnett was a four-year Agriculture student and FFA Member in the Wellington-Napoleon School District and earned many honors as a student, including an American FFA Degree. Ms. Barnett attended Northwest Missouri State and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in 2014. Since starting at NCC in 2014, she has brought a vast amount of experience in the agriculture field and passion for learning and growing.  
 
 
Agricultural Education students working in the greenhouse
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Areas of Study

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  • Agribusiness Systems
  • Animal Science/Systems
  • Natural Resources, Conservation & Forestry
  • Landscaping, Turf Management, & Greenhouse Operations
  • Power, Structural & Mechanical Systems
  • Food Science & Safety
  • Plant Science/Systems
  • Biotechnology

 

National FFA Organization

 FFA
 
FFA is a national organization for students enrolled in Agricultural Education programs. FFA supports student growth by providing meaningful experiences with leadership development, networking and competitions.


Students can compete in contests that are related to their technical area or leadership at the local, district, state and national levels. Leadership events/opportunities are also held at the local, district, state and national levels also.


FFA costs $30 to join locally and nationally. NCC's FFA chapter has fundraisers to support the expense of attending these conferences and competitions that can be applied to the student's participation.

For more information on FFA, please visit www.ffa.org

Career Opportunities

Hourly Wage

Average Salary

Landscaping & Groundskeeper

$ 8 - $ 17

$ 23,000

Conservation Scientist

$ 17 - $ 39

$ 61,100

Environmental Health Scientist

$ 19 - $ 55

$ 63,000

Horticulturist

$ 16 - $ 62

$ 69,000

Nursery & Greenhouse Manager

$ 16 - $ 62

$ 69,000

Veterinarian

$ 25 - $ 72

$ 84,000

Geneticist

$ 21 - $ 74

$ 81,000

*Occupational Outlook Handbook, Summer 2012
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