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Agricultural Education at McPherson County has a wide range of possible courses that students can excel in toward career success. 

Agriculture Exploration 8 

This course is designed for eighth grade students who want to become involved in an agricultural career. Students will develop leadership skills which include how to properly conduct a meeting, teamwork, speaking and agvocacy. Students will also explore areas of agriculture to include animal and plant production, mechanics, natural resources, and processing. Students will start maintaining their personal financial records for supervised experience program. Students may also become FFA members and be eligible to exhibit at the McPherson County Fair and the Nebraska State Fair and compete in Junior High FFA events at the district and state level.

 

 

Introduction to Agriculture (yearlong course) 

This course is designed for students in their freshman and sophomore year in high school. The introductory course for the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster provides a knowledge base and technical skills in all aspects of the industry. Learners will be exposed to a broad range of agriculture, food and natural resources careers, cluster foundation knowledge and skills, introduction to leadership development, the FFA organization and career exploration. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Agricultural Mechanics 1 (first semester) 

This course introduces selected major areas of agricultural mechanics technology including small engine operation and repair, metal fabrication, woodworking, and electrical wiring. Learning activities include basic understanding, skill development and problem-solving. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities. This course will be a prerequisite or must be taken concurrently with Welding 1 in the 2016-2017 school year. Students that successfully complete the both semester of the course will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate from NCCER in Construction Core which is a requirement for Welding 1 certification.

Agricultural Mechanics 2 (second semester) 

This course provides an in-depth study of agricultural construction. It also provides the opportunity to explore the many career possibilities in the field of agricultural construction. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities. This course will be a prerequisite or must be taken concurrently with Welding 1 in the 2016-2017 school year. Students that successfully complete the both semesters of the course will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate from NCCER in Construction Core which is a requirement for Welding 1 certification

 

Welding 1 (yearlong) prerequisite: Suggest concurrent enrollment in Ag Mechanics. 

Students will learn welding safety, oxyfuel cutting, plasma arc cutting, air carbon arc cutting and gouging, base metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW equipment and setup, SMAW electrodes, SMAW beads and fillet welds, joint fit up and alignment, SMAW groove welds with backing strips and open groove. Arc welds will be performed in the flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions. Students that successfully complete all exams with a 70% and satisfactory completion of performance objectives will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate from NCCER in Welding Level 1. Student that successfully complete this course should be able to pass American Welding Society certification.

Welding 2 (yearlong) prerequisite: Welding Level 1 

The students will learn welding symbols, reading welding detail drawings, physical characteristics and mechanical properties of metals, preheating and post heating of metals, GMAW and FCAW equipment and filler metals, GMAW and FCAW plate welding, GTAW equipment and filler metals, and GTAW plate welding. Welding performance will be in flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead positions for GMAW, FCAW, and GTAW. Students that successfully complete all exams with a 70% and satisfactory completion of performance objectives will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate from NCCER in Welding Level 2. Student that successfully complete this course should be able to pass American Welding Society certification.

Agricultural Fabrication (second semester) prerequisite: Completion of Ag Mechanics, Welding Level 1 and 2. 

Students will design, estimate cost of construction, develop fabrication plans, and construct a project for ranch or agricultural business. Construction of their project may be a combination of materials which may include steel, aluminum, wood, plastic, electrical, plumbing, pneumatics, and hydraulics. Use of CNC plasma cutting is encouraged in the project design. Students will be responsible for the cost of their materials to construct their project.

Natural Resource Management (Fall Semester Course) 

A course that provides an opportunity for students to increase awareness of the close ties among living organisms as well as natural and environmental concerns with the interrelationships of living organisms and the world around us. Students are exposed to careers related to natural resources systems. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Food Science (Semester) 

A course that introduces students to the principles, applications and science of food and food processing and production. Students will learn the scientific principles and practice scientific applications involved in the food industry including food science, food processing, microbiology, toxicology, regulations concerning the protection of the food supply and organic production of food and nutrition. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

Nursery and Landscape (spring semester) 

Introduces students to the principles of design, methods of establishing and maintaining landscapes, and landscape business management procedures. Includes arranging plants, objects, and earth in the landscape; covers culture and maintenance of plants. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.

University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture-Curtis (dual credit) recommended courses

Check out UNCTA website at http://ncta.unl.edu/high-school-dual-credit then download the catalog. These courses are only recommended for students who are juniors or seniors. Registrations are due by August 21st for the fall semester and January 5th for the spring semester. See the website for all of the details for dual credit courses. Other courses are listed besides those below.

Yearlong

VTE 1403 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (Transferable) Basic body systems are studied at the tissue, organ and system levels. Comparison of various species of common, domestic animals is stressed. NOTE: This online course takes two semesters to complete. Students start in the fall and do not finish until the end of the spring semester. Textbook: Contact Instructor Transfer to: UNL ASCI240: Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animal ....3 Hr.

First Semester/Second Semester

ASI 1303 ANIMAL MANAGEMENT (Transferable) This course deals with current issues facing the livestock industry, production trends, terminology, animal growth, structure, selection, breeds and development. Principles of managing animals in typical production systems through their lifecycle for economic and efficient production also will be studied. Textbook: None, resources at high school are advised Transfer to: UNL ASC 1250(3Hrs) & UNK ECON Elective (3Hrs).

ASI 1253 NUTRITION (LIVESTOCK) (Transferable) A study of water, carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals as they apply to animal utilization. Lab will include problems involving water, protein and TDN in rations. Textbook: Animal FeedingandNutrition10thE By: Jurgens, Bregendahl Transfer to: UNL ASCI Elective (2Hrs) & UNK No Transfer

ASI 2203 FEEDS AND FEEDING The study of feedstuffs, feed processing and feed additives. Lab will include feed evaluation, moisture determination and conversion, feed tag interpretation, ration evaluation and balancing. ASI 1303and1253 should be taken first. Textbook: Animal Feeding and Nutrition, 10th/11thE By: Jurgens, Bregendahl, Coverdale, and Hansen. 3 Hrs

ECN 1203 MICROECONOMICS (Transferable) This course is designed to introduce the student to basic economic concepts and to the role of agriculture in today’s business environment. Emphasis is placed on supply, demand, production costs, consumption, utility, various types of competition and consumer/producer behavior in various markets. Textbook: Introduction to Agricultural Economics, 5E By: Penson, Capps, Rosson & Woodward Transfer to: UNL ECN212 & UNK ECN271 ...3 Hr





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CASE-ASA (Animal Science) Keith Nielson 8/29/2014 19 KB
Introduction to Agriculture Keith Nielson 8/13/2015 39 KB
Welding Level 1 Keith Nielson 8/13/2015 22 KB


 
 

 

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