Agriscience & Technology

The Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience program at Nonnewaug High School prepares students for employment in agriculturally related fields and/or further study in collegiate level agriculture programs. The curriculum combines practical training with academic preparation. Heavy emphasis is placed on helping students develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and their community. Students may apply to the program during any of their years at Nonnewaug High School.

NHS Academic, Social and Civic Learning Expectations - Graduates of Nonnewaug High School will demonstrate that they are: independent, technologically-adept learners and collaborative, adaptable team members who respect diversity and successfully work with others to reach a common goal. They are also conscientious, responsible adults who contribute to the welfare and improvement of the local and/or

global community.

Notes:

  • Junior/Senior (11-12) courses are for 1.5 credits, and the sophomore year course (semester longer classes) totals 1.5 credits.
  • Junior/Senior (11-12) courses have an alternate year curriculum. Students should check with the instructor to see what units will be covered for each year.
  • 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are required to maintain an approved Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program of at least 200 hours per year.
  • During the year, freshman students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and utilize the AET online record keeping system to document their SAE and FFA-related activities and accomplishments.
  • All sophomore, junior and senior agriscience students will utilize the AET online recordkeeping system document their SAE and FFA-related activities and accomplishments.
  • Students are expected to participate in the Woodbury FFA Chapter, the co-curricular leadership development component of the agriscience program.

Agriscience & Technology Courses


AGRISCIENCE I 9

1 credit

This course is designed to give the student an introduction to careers in agriculture. The course focuses on introductory plant science, animal science, and agricultural engineering. Plant science topics include greenhouse management, landscaping, floriculture, and botany. In animal science, students will be introduced to livestock, dairy, equine and poultry breeds, management and practices. Ag Engineering prepares students for safe shop practices, fundamentals of engines and introduction to building construction. In all areas, students receive a combination of classroom theory and hands-on skills. In addition to the classes above, all students will receive leadership training through the FFA and safe tractor operation. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior agriscience students. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


HORSE MANAGEMENT 10

.375 credits

This course introduces students to the care of horses including: feeding, health and management practices. In addition, students will learn about careers such as Equine Veterinarian, Feed Representative, Horse Trainer, Riding Instructor, Farm Manager, Horse Breeder and careers in the Animal Welfare Industry. Students will spend time working with the school horses as well as off campus experiences related to content.

Skills: The students will acquire skills in taking vital signs, common diseases and conditions of the horse, evaluation and identification feeds such as: roughages, concentrates and supplements, identification of tack items, tack cleaning, basic grooming, hoof care, barn management procedures, equine breed identification, external anatomy of the horse and coat colors and markings. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION 10

.375 credits

This course deals with 5 major production livestock species including dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and poultry. The course is designed to give students a broad base of knowledge concerning trends in the agricultural production industry; livestock health, nutrition, and reproduction; animal welfare and humane handling; meat, eggs, and food processing; and dairy products and processing. Students will also spend time working with the school’s livestock and related outside projects. Skills: Students will acquire skills in humane handling and restraint of livestock animals, management of livestock, dairy and poultry systems, disease identification, prevention and treatment, food safety, meat fabrication, dairy products and evaluation of desirable traits in dairy, livestock and poultry. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION 10

.375 credits

This course deals with methods of small-scale local food production, including fruits, vegetables, and niche agricultural products. The course will cover current trends in local agriculture including organic vs. conventional production, and the local food movement. Students will explore areas of production agriculture relating to sustainability, farmers markets, direct marketing of agricultural products, agritourism, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), food safety, and minimally processed foods. Students will also spend time working with the school’s garden, greenhouses, and food science lab, as well as related outside projects. Skills: Students will acquire skills in planning/planting/maintaining or harvesting produce from the school’s garden and greenhouses; marketing products, processing fruits and vegetables for sale, methods of food preservation, and equipment maintenance. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING 10

.375 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to the fabrication and maintenance of common agricultural machines and buildings. Students are given a balance of theory and hands-on experience in the areas of precision measurement, outdoor construction, tractor operation, small gas engines, electrical wiring, welding, and metal work. Skills learned are utilized in all other Ag areas including plant science, animal science, and conservation. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Ag students. Skills: Students will operate tractors, construct small buildings, and perform site preparation. Students will repair and troubleshoot small gas engines, operate welding equipment, and perform basic A.C. wiring exercises. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


GREENHOUSE PLANT PRODUCTION & PROCESSING 10

.375 credits

This course introduces students interested in plant science to the field of greenhouse plant production and management, plant processing and interior landscaping. Students will be given the opportunity to produce and manage crops while studying production structures, cultural requirements, and pest and disease management. Students will design with plants to construct several basic industry products. Evaluation is through tests, quizzes, crop projects, reports, record keeping, work experience, and participation during various activities. During the year, students will continue to plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and utilize the AET online record keeping website that is required for sophomore, junior, and senior Ag students. Skills: The students will make several basic floral arrangements, corsages, and boutonnieres. Prepare flowers for use by proper care and conditioning. Students will be able to identify and control plant pests and diseases, plus produce and maintain plants in the greenhouse and the interior of the school. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


VETERINARY SCIENCE 10

.375 credits

The sophomore year focuses more on career based skills and knowledge. Students will focus on topics such as taxonomy, animal handling and restraint, medical terminology, physical exams, disinfection and sanitation, animal health and disease, and careers in the animal industry. Skills: Students will acquire skills in physical exams, TPR, animal care, vaccination schedules, common diseases, restraints, surgical tool identification, species breed identification, basic training and safe handling of animals, and terminology used in the veterinary medical field. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 10

.375 credits

This course introduces students to careers in natural resource management. The students will get experiences in forest products production, wildlife management, map use, and land navigation skills through use of Global Positioning Systems, and forestry equipment use. The students are expected to work in the classroom, in the shop and outdoors regardless of weather conditions. Evaluation is based on quizzes, tests, projects and participation. Skills: The students will acquire skills that include: tree identification, chainsaw safety, forest tool use, wood products production through the use of the school sawmill and wood splitter, orienteering and GPS skills. When time permits the students will participate in apple cider, honey and maple syrup production and processing. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


NURSERY/LANDSCAPING 10

.375 credits

This course is designed to introduce students who show an interest in plant science to the field of interior and exterior landscape design, construction, and maintenance. The course acquaints the student with basic skills in plant identification, nursery crop production, landscape equipment safety and operation, plus an introduction to landscape design. Students will learn to identify over twenty common landscape plants, how to maintain a property by doing seasonal maintenance to the schools grounds, as well as creating their own basic landscape drawing. Throughout the course students will also explore different careers related to the Nursery/Landscape industry. Students will maintain and work towards their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Ag students. Skills: Students will acquire skills in plant identification, turf and landscape plant maintenance, landscape design techniques, planting techniques, and equipment operation and maintenance. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


AQUACULTURE 10

.375 credits

As one of the newest areas of Agriscience in the U. S., aquaculture includes the production of aquatic animals and plants. Aquaculture is quickly becoming a means of addressing food needs for a growing population as well as preservation for wild depleted fish stocks, and is currently the fastest growing area of agriculture. Because of this, we have added this newly developed aquaculture course to our sophomore curriculum as a choice for students. The sophomore level course will include an introduction to the history and careers related to the U.S. and Connecticut aquaculture industry. Topics discussed include aquaculture structures, equipment, system components and site selection, aquatic animal and plant species, fin-fish, shellfish, feeding and nutrition, health and diseases, aquaponics, and water requirements and water quality. Skills: Finfish and shellfish identification, anatomy and physiology of aquatic animals, water quality analysis, recirculating aquaculture maintenance and construction.No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING 11-12

1.5 credits

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the broad area of Ag Engineering. Evaluation is balanced between written assessments and performance based projects. Units include single and multi-cylinder engines, welding and fabrication, building construction and planning, agricultural equipment calibration, machinery operation, utilities and land measurement. *Automotive skills are not covered in this course. Job opportunities include Equipment Operator, Repair Technician, Carpenter, Welder, Surveyor, Power Equipment Technician, Electrician, Parts Manager, etc. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: The skills in this course include hot and cold metal working, arc and gas welding, shop design and management, differential leveling, small engine overhaul, record keeping, Ag and industrial tractor repair, barn construction, plumbing, machinery operation, hydraulics and electrical controls. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


VETERINARY SCIENCE 11-12

1.5 credits

This course is modeled after the UCONN course Introduction to Companion Animal Management. The following year is modeled after the UCONN course Behavior and Training of Domestic Animals. This course is designed for students who show an interest in the animal science field, as assistants or technicians, or college bound students in any animal science field. This course acquaints the student with basic animal clinic operation, small and large animal care, animal behavior and restraint, small animal grooming, and parasitology. It also includes an investigation of animal health and disease, animal anatomy and physiology, animal reproduction and genetics, and animal identification. Evaluation will be done by tests, quizzes, projects, participation, and work experience. Every student is required to maintain and document an approved agricultural work experience program. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participate in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Students will acquire skills in animal terminology, restraint and handling of large and small species, disinfection, identification of breeds of companion, livestock and exotic animals, first aid surgical tools identification,and performing a veterinary physical exam. Students will also be able to identify major structures and functions of the primary organ systems, prepare and analyze nutritional contents of animal rations, and gain skills in animal breeding, neonatal care, and management. Skills will be practiced through hands-on work with both large and small animals, laboratory experience, and specimen dissection. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


VETERINARY ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM 11-12

1.5 credits each year/ 3.0 credits over two years

This course is designed for students who, after two years of study in the Agriscience Program, want to engage in a deeper study of animal science. The Veterinary Science Certificate Program provides students with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to pursue a career in veterinary science. It also provides a sound platform for students who wish to pursue an associate, undergraduate, or graduate degree. Graduates of this program are eligible for certification through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). Students earn the title of Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) through examination. Skills: Practice management, patient management, nutrition, handling and restraint, examinations and treatments, laboratory procedures, production practices, emergency management, infectious disease control and management, non-infectious disease management, disinfection and sterilization, assisting with surgery, and regulatory veterinary medicine. Class is opened to junior and senior students; Honors


HORSE MANAGEMENT/ UCONN ECE 11-12

1.5 credits

This course is designed for those college bound students who are interested in a career in the equine industry. For those students interested in the UConn ECE, a two year commitment in this course is required. Upon successful completion of two years, 3 UCONN credits will be awarded.

This course emphasizes the following management areas: history and development of the horse, selection and evaluation of horses, breed ideal, pasture management, feeds and nutrition, equine health practices, best management practices for horse facilities and housing requirements, anatomy and physiology of the systems of the horse, reproduction and applied genetics, behavior and training, facilities maintenance, agricultural business practices and career opportunities in the equine industry. Tests, quizzes, projects and demonstration of skills will be used to evaluate the student. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Students will acquire skills in conformation evaluation, barn management skills, first aid techniques, restraint methods, facility planning and design, farm machinery operation, safe handling of horses, body condition scoring, feed analysis, exploring the body systems of the horse, basic behavior and training and business planning. Students will have the opportunity to work with horses in both on and off campus settings. Two Year Commitment for UConn ECE College Prep / UConn ECE


NURSERY/LANDSCAPING 11-12

1.5 credits

This course is designed for those students who have an interest in the plant science field as Landscapers, Nurseryman, and Grounds Maintenance Technicians. The course emphasizes such topics as tree and shrub identification, pruning, fertilization, and management. Experiences are also provided in turf grass management, landscape design, lawn and grounds equipment maintenance, landscape construction, and integrated pest management. Students will learn how to price out jobs and management of both landscaping and nursery businesses, how to design and build different landscape features such as gardens, irrigation systems, and hardscapes, using hand drawing and computer design software. Areas of general plant biology related plant health, nutrition and growing needs will also be covered. This course has an alternating year curriculum that is not sequential. Interested students should consult the instructor about topics to be covered during the year. Every student is required to maintain and document an approved agricultural work experience program by working towards their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Students will acquire skills in tree and shrub maintenance and identification, lawn maintenance, equipment use and maintenance, landscape planning and construction, landscape plant material pruning, propagation, and pest control.No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


GREENHOUSE PLANT PRODUCTION & PROCESSING/UCONN ECE 11-12

1.5 credits

This course is designed for those students who have an interest in the plant science field as Greenhouse Growers, Florists, IPM Specialist and other scientific and ornamental related fields. The course emphasizes production and management of commercial greenhouse crops, plant physiology and anatomy, plant processing, business management, (IPM) Integrated Pest Management, and greenhouse construction. Special units in horticulture therapy and landscape flower garden design are integrated into the two year rotation. Evaluation is conducted by tests, crop projects, reports, record keeping, and work experience. Every student is required to maintain and document an approved agricultural work experience program. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Students will acquire the following skills: production of greenhouse crops, management of greenhouse environment including pests, plant propagation techniques from seeding to tissue culture including grafting, basic business skills in the context of horticulture including pricing and estimating techniques, designing arrangements for sympathy and wedding events, using the principles and elements of design to create displays and arrangements, sales, working with customers, handling customer complaints, and so much more. propagation, and pest management.No Prerequisite Required; College Prep / UCONN ECE


AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION 11-12

1.5 credits

The Ag Production course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture and related fields. This course is designed to familiarize students with the areas of dairy cattle and livestock management, including selection, facility design, reproduction and genetics, health, housing, selection, feeds and nutrition, marketing and forage production regarding dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep and swine. Students will also study food science, including food chemistry, safety, processing and preservation, health and security, preference and product availability and food product development. Students will also explore meat science, including harvesting of livestock, meat fabrication, evaluation, meat science and safety and meat grading and evaluation. Students also spend time working with the school's livestock and related outside projects. Every student is required to maintain and document an approved agricultural work experience program. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Students will acquire skills in animal handling and care, animal husbandry, identification of feeds and forages, animal nutrition, livestock, dairy and meats selection, identification of meats and meats products, dairy products technology and manufacturing, livestock management, dairy management, sensory evaluation of foods, food safety, animal breeding and genetics, animal health, comparative judging and reasons, and designing and constructing animal housing and fencing systems. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT 11-12

1.5 credits

This course is intended to familiarize students with careers in the natural resources management industry such as forestry, wildlife management, urban tree care (arboriculture), and environmental science. The course extends over two years in order to cover the complete curriculum. The students will participate in outdoors as well as classroom activities to help them better understand the natural resources industry. Evaluation is based on tests, projects and participation. The students work outdoors throughout the year and are expected to dress appropriately. Every student is required to maintain and document an approved agricultural work experience program. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Some of the skills involved in this course include: tree climbing, chainsaw safety, woodlot management, maple syrup production, forest insects and diseases, taxidermy, trail & brush clearing, sawmill operation, firewood production, beekeeping and honey production, wildlife management, and water quality. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


AQUACULTURE 11-12

1.5 credits

This course is designed to familiarize students with the aquaculture and fisheries industries and the many careers available. The integration of hydroponics with aquaculture will be a major part of the course. Students will be responsible for designing and managing an aquaponics greenhouse throughout the year and raising tilapia to market value. The course will also cover topics such as history and careers related to U.S. and Connecticut aquaculture, as well as aquaculture structures and equipment, system components, site selection, aquatic animal species such as fin-fish and shellfish, feeding and nutrition, health and diseases, water requirements, water quality and marketing. Every student is required to maintain and document an approved agricultural work experience program. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Students will acquire skills in fish terminology, water quality testing, types of hydroponics/growbeds, vermiculture, water chemistry, fish breeding, stream study, ornamental fish, waste management, site assembly, maintenance and construction, fish processing and market requirements, and proper requirements needed to raise tilapia fingerlings to market size. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION 11-12

1.5 credits

This course deals with methods of small-scale local food production, including fruits, vegetables, and niche agricultural products. The course will cover current trends in local agriculture including organic vs. conventional production, GMO crops, and the local food movement. Students will explore careers concerning sustainability, farmers markets, direct marketing of agricultural products, agritourism, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), food preservation, and minimally processed foods. Students will also spend time working with the school’s garden, greenhouses, and food science lab, as well as related outside projects. Students will be responsible for the planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting of produce from the school gardens and greenhouses, and will help to coordinate distribution of the produce to local food banks. Additionally, students will be responsible for developing a market for the sale of produce from the school garden and greenhouse. Students will operate and maintain a wide variety of mechanized equipment and hand tools necessary to the maintenance of the garden and greenhouse, as well as equipment used to cook and preserve food. Field trips and guest speakers will be involved in the implementation of the course curriculum. Students will also spend time planning for their SAE that is required of all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. Skills: Students will acquire skills in planning/planting/maintaining/ or harvesting produce from the school’s garden and greenhouses; marketing products, processing fruits and vegetables for sale, designing a produce stand, methods of food preservation, and equipment operation and maintenance. No Prerequisite Required; College Prep


AGRIBUSINESS SEMINAR 11-12

.5 credits

This course is designed to assist students with the transition from school to career. Students will learn to process job applications, practice-interviewing skills, complete loan application forms, develop career goals and write an effective resume. Students will also develop their own portfolios. In addition, basic record keeping skills for a single proprietor business will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills so students may be more successful in future employment, education, or entrepreneurship. Every student is required to maintain and document an approved agricultural work experience program. During the year, students will plan for their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs that are required for sophomore, junior, and senior Agriscience students, as well as participating in FFA activities and event planning. No Prerequisite Required

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