Department of Agri-Science

Animal Science (9-12)  1 Cr.  
Animal Science students will experience working with an assortment of animals both large and small. The study of careers in the animal industry, selection, and marketing will be included. Learning to show animals at exhibitions and fairs will be included. Field trips and bringing animals into the agri-science lab will allow for hands on approach to the study of animals. Students will study feeding, genetics, marketing, and an intense animal health unit. Actually handling and working with animals to help promote safe and healthy conditions for all animals and people. All students will take PQA training making them eligible to exhibit at the all fairs. The class will visit local farms, businesses and veterinarians to understand the complexities of animal production. FFA membership is required and an FFA orientation is included. Students are expected to participate in FFA activities, including contests and the Gratiot county Fair for Youth.

Technology: Using internet sites to help identify different breeds. Using tapes, DVD’s, and experts to learn how to fit an show various forms of livestock. Communicate with colleges about career potential in animal science.

Plant Science (9-12) 1 Cr.
Plant Science students will gain experience working with plants and soils. Fast plants, hydroponics systems, use of the greenhouse and field trips will allow students to learn about careers in plant science, botany, plant nutrition, reproduction, and pests of agricultural and horticultural plants. Plant Science students will work in all phases of greenhouse management. This would include traditional growing and hydroponics systems. Study of floriculture and turf grass planting and upkeep will be included. The class will allow students to experience the huge greenhouse and bedding plant industry first hand. Botany, plant nutrition, reproduction, and greenhouse pests will be studied. FFA membership is required and an FFA orientation is included. Students are expected to participate in FFA activities, including contests and the Gratiot County Fair for Youth.

Technology: Testing soil and water to keep plants at optimum growth in classroom and in greenhouse. Using test data students will determine proper levels of fertilizer to be applied.


Natural Resources (9-12) 1 Cr.
Natural Resources students will learn about forestry, property rights, wildlife management, building structures and group construction project will be included.. Students will also learn principles of electricity, energy systems, their value and uses. Satellite technology, will be used in weather forecasting. FFA membership is required and an FFA orientation is included. Students are expected to participate in FFA activities, including contests and the Gratiot County Fair for Youth.

Technology: Using computers and internet to find information on trees, the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources.

Communications & Leadership (9-12) .5 Cr.
The leadership class will include speaking, listening, and writing communication. Students will run effective meetings through the use of parliamentary procedure. Team building and teamwork and goal setting skills will be developed. Problem solving and decision making skills will be developed. Each student will update their resume and portfolio, preparing for job interviews and career success. FFA is required and participation in an FFA Career Development Event will be required. Students are expected to participate in FFA activities and the Gratiot county Fair for Youth.

Technology: Using computer lab to put together portfolios and resumes. Completing FFA applications on Excel and using computer to find sources of college scholarships and grants.