If your student is interested in agriculture and animal sciences, the Agriculture Pathway is a great opportunity for your student to study and expand their knowledge. The Agriculture Pathway aims to guide students down a path of success through the development of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.
“Agricultural education is about more than just farming,” says Agriculture teacher Ms. Alexandria Skidmore. “By offering courses focused on animal sciences, we are preparing students for a future in the animal industry that includes livestock, equine, small animal, husbandry, research, and veterinary care.”
By pursuing this pathway, students gain hands-on experience in the agriculture industry through traditional and nontraditional practices. Students learn exactly where their food, clothing, and shelter comes from, as well as how the agriculture industry impacts each day of their lives.
North Bullitt has partnered up with Murray State University to offer dual credit courses in animal husbandry and pre-vet applications to juniors and seniors. In addition, students have the opportunity to earn two industry certifications to become career ready and add to their resumes, immediately giving them a leg up in the industry.
“During their time in the Agriculture Pathway, students develop a project that interests them,” explains Ms. Skidmore. “The project is called a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE); it grows with them throughout their time in the pathway and is unique for each individual student.”
Students could take the SAE in a variety of directions, such as:
Volunteer work at the Humane Society or Bernheim Forest
Working a job at a local agriculture business, such as a vet or greenhouse/nursery
Start a garden
Complete a research project
“Students also take management of our class animals,” Ms. Skidmore continues. “We have a 50-gallon aquarium with various fish, a turtle tank with two red-eared sliders, and two lionhead rabbits.”
In the Spring, the class breeds the rabbits and incubated chickens. This year, the class has had 6 kits born and 9 eggs hatch. There are currently 88 eggs in the incubator set to hatch around April 14. The program also hopes to add a raised garden in the next year to have as a learning tool for vegetable and herb production.
“When individuals hear about agriculture education, they usually think about Future Farmers of America (FFA) and think that they have to be involved in farming,” states Ms. Skidmore. “That is not the case. Agriculture education is all about developing future leaders in the community and increasing agricultural literacy to develop consumer awareness. It is a place for all students in the school, not just those with agriculture backgrounds.”