FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
What is FFA?
The FFA is a national Agricultural education organization that prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources. Today FFA is one of thelargest youth organizations in the United States, with over 520,000 members in 7,439 chapters throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. FFA is thelargest of the career and technical student organizations in U.S. schools.
Key Components of Academy Model:
The partnership Academy Model is a three- year program, grades ten through twelve, structured as a school-within-a- school. There are currently 340 funded programs throughout California. The mode, originating with the Philadelphia Academies in the late 1960s, spread to California in the early 1980s. Academies incorporate many features of the high school reform movement that includes creating a close family –like atmosphere, integrating academic and career technical education, and establishing viable business partnerships. Emphasis is also placed on student achievement and positive postsecondary outcomes. Academies have been carefully evaluated and shown to have positive impacts on school performance.
- Curriculum focused on a career theme and coordinated with related academic classes.
- Voluntary student selection process that identifies interested ninth graders.
- Team of teachers who work together to plan and implement the program.
- Motivational activities such as classroom speakers, field trips and exploration of postb secondary and career options.
- Workplace learning opportunities such as job shadowing, student internships and work experience.
A background in agriculture can prepare students for a variety of ag-related fields, not just fieldwork. During their time in academy classes, students observe occupations in the sciences, public relations, sales, marketing, and research and development. Student’s tour top agricultural colleges and go on field trips .They see firsthand what the businesses are doing in Monterey County. Monterey County Agriculture contributes a total of $8.2 billion and provides 73,429 jobs to the local economy.
Agriculture Classes Offered in the Ag Academy
- Ag. Earth Science
- Ag. Biology
- Art & History Floral Design
- English 3-4
- World History
- Ag. Business or Horticulture
- English 5-6
- U.S. History
- Chemistry* (must qualify)
- Animal & Plant Science
- English 7-8
- U.S. Government/Econ