The Agricultural Education program provides students with courses that emphasize premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Courses are designed for students preparing for careers and/or a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resource systems. Housed at the Agricultural Education Center, the curriculum is embedded with real agriculture which provides students the opportunity to creatively solve problems and develop the technical knowledge and skills desperately needed in today's workforce. Learning comes alive for students as they engage in subjects through hands on methods in areas including animal science, plant science, Ag mechanics, Ag business, natural resources, and leadership development. Supervised Agricultural Experience (work-based learning) is a component which promotes record-keeping and the application of knowledge and skills to the real world. Students are also encouraged to participate in the FFA, an organization which functions as an integral part of the agricultural courses and provides endless opportunities at the local, district, state, and national level.
AGRICULTURE 1, ENGLISH 9, AND BIOLOGY
Freshmen enroll in Agriculture 1 and also take English 9 and Biology at the Ag Center. Students earn 1 CTE credit, 1 English credit, and 1 Science credit.
Agricultural Education 1 is the introductory course in a sequence of courses. We will take an exciting look at career pathways in agriculture (more than 300 career titles) and learn skills which are transferrable to any occupation. In addition to introductory animal science, veterinary science, recordkeeping, agronomy, shop safety, woodworking, metals (oxy/fuel & plasma cutting), and tractor and equipment safety (national certification is offered), students will explore FFA, leadership, and science in agriculture.
English 9 and Biology follow the same curriculum and offer the same credit as those courses which are required at the main high school campuses.
AGRICULTURE 2 AND ENGLISH 10
Sophomores enroll in Agriculture 2 and also take English 10 at the Ag Center. Students earn 1 CTE credit and 1 English credit.
The Agriculture 2 curriculum is designed for students to develop interests and learn career skills related to the agriculture and natural resources industry. Subjects taught within the Ag 2 curriculum will include the following: crop science, woodworking, welding, parliamentary procedure, horticulture, animal science, equipment maintenance, and an introduction to GPS. FFA is an intra curricular part of Ag 2.
The English 10 class follows the same curriculum and offers the same credit as the English 10 course which is required at the main high school campuses.
Students earn 2 CTE Credits.
The Ag Education 3 class will take an exciting look at numerous career skills and opportunities related to agriculture. We will learn veterinary science skills, advanced animal science techniques, pasture & range management, and sales and service components that are desperately needed by industry. We will also develop needed knowledge and skills pertaining to the construction and engineering trades. This will include residential wiring, surveying, tractor and equipment safety and handling, residential construction. Along with these units of instruction, we will develop our leadership skills and abilities through FFA.
AGRICULTURE 4 / ECONOMICS
Students earn 1.5 CTE credits and 0.5 Social Studies credit.
The Agriculture 4 curriculum is designed for students to develop interests and learn career skills related to the agriculture and natural resources industry. Subjects taught within the Ag 4 curriculum will include the following: Ag careers, precision agriculture, animal science, small engines, Ag business, economics, commodity marketing, and an annual senior project to better the Ag Education Center. Students will have the opportunity to continue development of their leadership skills and abilities through active participation in the FFA.
NATURAL RESOURCES OF MONTANA
Students earn 1 CTE credit.
This class will explore the following careers: wild land fire management; wildlife and fisheries management; timber industry of western Montana; hunting, summer and winter sports recreation; range management; mining and petroleum industries. Students will also work closely with industry professionals within the classroom and in the field while developing an understanding of the careers tied to the natural resource management in Montana.
GHS students must take the Natural Resources course in conjunction with either Ag 3 or Ag 4.