STUDENTS RAISE ANIMALS, STUDY CROPS IN CASA ROBLE’S AGRISCIENCE PATHWAY

Student with project High schools throughout San Juan Unified offer Career Technical Education (CTE) programs to students. These courses provide hands-on, unpaid training that is designed to prepare them for life after graduation with entry-level, marketable skills.

At Casa Roble Fundamental High School, students are exposed to the agriculture industry through the agriscience CTE pathway. The program’s goal is to provide information about agriscience and stimulate student growth through introduction, design and management courses.

“I’ve been learning about crops and animals, history of agriculture and the different growing techniques used,” said Allie Whitworth, ninth grader at Casa Roble.

At the end of the year, students in the introduction courses learn about the different products that are grown in California and familiarize themselves with the different terms used in the agriculture industry to help further their learning.

The management and advanced courses are where the this pathway gives students most of their hands-on experience. The program offers courses such as livestock management, plants and soil science, and an in-depth look into California’s agriculture.

“I wanted to try something new, as not many schools have this program and I liked that Casa has something that stands out,” said Austin Polich, 12th grader at Casa Roble.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of hands-on opportunities. One such opportunity is the partnership the program has with FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America. Through this partnership, students raise projects, either livestock animals or plants, that are later sold in the county fair.

“My favorite part is working outside and actually handling the animals and caring for them,” said Riley Jason, ninth grader at Casa Roble. “I will be raising a pig this year.”

Many students were drawn into the program because it gives them the chance to raise a project, and learn everything from caring, managing, showing, and selling the project at the end of the year. Through this process students learn financial responsibility, as they are tasked with keeping a record book that includes time and money spent on their projects. Students who successfully sell their projects at the county fair receive the money for their management of the project.

Learn more about San Juan Unified’s CTE programs at www.sanjuan.edu/CTE.