COURSE CODE: 8050

Agricultural Education-Preparation

SCED Code: 18003
Virginia Extended Description: II
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: FFA
Non-Traditional?: F

This course covers a wide variety of information about agriculture and related fields. The intent is to allow the instructor to customize instruction to meet the needs of the student enrolled in the agricultural education program. Content areas include agribusiness operations, animal science and care, ecology and natural resource management, plant science and landscaping, and woodworking and basic mechanics. Instructors should select the content areas that will prepare students for the pathways offered in the school. The competencies for the selected content areas are considered essential for the course. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

The career pathway will be determined by other courses taken in conjunction with this course to build a concentration sequence.

Notes

Competencies within this course ensure compliance with the National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7). Through this legislation, students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

This course is designed specifically for students who are disadvantaged and shall be limited to an average of 15 students per instructor per class period with no class being more than 18.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at cte@doe.virginia.gov.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Agribusiness Systems
  • Agricultural Commodity Broker
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Agricultural Loan Officer
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Farm Products Purchasing Agent and Buyer
  • Farm, Ranch Manager
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Feed, Farm Supply Store Sales Manager
  • Sales Manager
Animal Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Animal Breeder, Husbandry
  • Animal Geneticist
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Aquacultural Manager
  • Poultry Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
Environmental Service Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Environmental Sampling and Analysis Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Handler
  • Recycling Coordinator
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Turf Farmer
  • Water Conservationist
Food Products and Processing Systems
  • Biochemist
  • Food Scientist
Natural Resources Systems
  • Ecologist
  • Fish and Game Officer
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Forest Manager, Forester
  • Forest Technician
  • Geological Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Outdoor Recreation Guide
  • Park Manager
  • Park Technician
  • Range Technician
  • Wildlife Manager
Plant Systems
  • Agricultural Products Sales Representative
  • Botanist
  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • Crop Grower
  • Custom Harvester
  • Farm, Ranch Manager
  • Farmer/Rancher
  • Floral Designer
  • Floral Shop Manager
  • Forest Geneticist
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Machine Setter, Operator
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Manager
  • Ornamental Horticulturist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Soil and Plant Scientist
  • Tree Surgeon
  • Turf Farmer
  • Plant Breeder/Geneticist
Power, Structural, and Technical Systems
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Equipment Operator
  • Agricultural Equipment Parts Manager
  • Agricultural Equipment Parts Sales Representative
  • Machinist
  • Parts Manager
  • Welder

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