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Career Pathways — Agriculture
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                     Martin County West Agricultural Education — CTE in Action

                                                                                                                   ately  entering  the  workforce,  or  continuing
                                                                                                                   their education in the trades, there is a large
                                                                                                                   variety of ag mechanics classes at MCW. The
                                                                                                                   program’s  main  goal  is  to  give  students  a
                                                                                                                   good foundation on how to use different tools
                                                                                                                   safely  and  effectively  to  complete  a  task  at
                                                                                                                   hand, whether it be in the wood shop, metals
                                                                                                                   shop,  or  engine  shop.  Following  the  intro-
                                                                                                                   ductory  level  classes,  the  department  offers
                                                                                                                   advanced and more specific courses to build
                                                                                                                   on their skills and to teach students different
                                                                                                                       The  main  foundation  for  the  program
                                                                                                                   is found in Welding 1, Woods 1, and Small
                                                                                                                   Engines. These classes are designed to give
                                                                                                                   students a taste of what different trades have
                                                                                                                   to offer. From there, students can take Welding
        Stephanie Wohlhuter                 program,  or  pursuing  a  four  year  degree  or   students  gain  hands-on  experience  in  the   2,  Woods  2,  and  eventually  Advanced  Ag
        AgriScience Teacher/FFA Advisor     beyond.                             greenhouse conducting a variety of propaga-  Fabrication where they can design and build
        Martin County West Jr/Sr High School   If students are interested in attending a   tion labs, and then they seed vegetables and   their own shop project. Some of the coolest
        District 2448                       two-  or  four-year  college  after  graduation,   transfer  plugs  for  a  sale  later  in  the  spring.   projects to come out of Advanced Ag Fabri-
            The  Martin  County  West  Agricultural   they are able to take four concurrent enroll-  The College Animal Science class offers stu-  cation have been the restoration of a Farmall
        Education  program  is  a  comprehensive   ment courses through local colleges and one   dents the opportunity to complete their intro   M, the fabrication of a 1 ton hydraulic press,
        program  that  covers  a  wide  array  of  inter-  of the instructors at the high school.  College   animal science credits while gaining valuable   and the building of a large cedar bench.
        est areas and career options. There are three   Food Science gives students the opportunity   knowledge  of  genetics,  nutrition  and  repro-  The department also targets a few differ-
        agricultural  educators  that  deliver  courses   to  delve  into  food  processing  methods  and   duction.    Finally,  a  unique  offering  is  the   ent careers in stand-alone classes, including
        in all of the agricultural pathways, focusing   create their own unique food product. They   Intro to Education course.  This course allows   an Electricity, Plumbing, and HVAC course
        on  providing  opportunities  for  students  in   go through the whole process of developing   students to learn about being an educator and   that  covers  three  excellent  trades  in  one
        all potential post-secondary paths, including   an idea, calculating the nutrition facts panel,   complete a field experience in a content area   semester.  This  class  gives  students  a  good
        those directly entering the workforce, those   creating a package and designing a sale cam-  and grade level they are interested in.
        going on to a diploma or associate’s degree   paign.    In  the  College  Horticulture  class,   If  students  are  interested  in  immedi-  Continued on Page 24

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             The Ziegler Ag Equipment Diesel Technician Apprenticeship Program offers PAID on-the-job
             training through hands-on and classroom training led by Ziegler technical instructors over the
             course of the 12-month program. Tools and toolbox provided. No secondary education expenses.


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