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Agricultural Education



Mrs. Giffing and Mr. Allsup teach Agricultural Education classes at Springville High School, classes geared for sophomores that teaches about animal systems and ecosystems as well as genetics. Mrs. Giffing teaches Animal Science, a class about different body systems and animal care. She also teaches Floriculture and Greenhouse Management in which students learn the basic design elements for flower arrangements as well as how to grow and care for plans in the school's greenhouse. Mr. Allsup teaches Bio Ag, as well.

Being enrolled in an agricultural class at Springville High includes eligibility to join Future Farmers of America, ann organization that teaches leadership responsibility through experience. Students can raise animals at school, such as a pig or a lamb, to sell at a stock show. Students are also given the opportunity to compete in career development events such as Livestock Judging, Meats Identification, Ag mechanics, Floriculture, and Marketing
. Members can earn cash, receive scholarships, and meet members from across the nation who number over 550,000.

TSA State Competition

On March 20, Springville High's TSA Club traveled to JATC (Jordan Applied Technology Center) to compete in the Utah State TSA competition.

Mitchell Murray and Eric Harrison completed the Technology Problem Solving test--moving two marbles (that were two feet away) so that they would switch positions without touching the marbles.

Davis Agle won First Place and Spencer Duncan took Third in the Tech Sketching and Application competition.

Eric Harrison, Alexis Fisher, and Jack Setzer took Third Place in the Technology Bowl, which tested not only knowledge of technology but also the history of technology and the physics behind technology.

Spencer Duncan, a CAD 2D architecture contestant took Third in detailing floor and building plans.

Springville High had a great showing of skills in this unique state competition.

CTE Career Paths

Successful skill attainment in CTE areas requires careful career planning early in the educational sequence. Utah has great secondary programs that provide skills and will start students on a career path leading to employment or additional training. Connecting secondary and postsecondary programs together provide an efficient way for students to gain the skills necessary for occupations that provide a livable wage.
  • CTE programs help students achieve graduation at a higher rate than other students. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent compared to a national graduation rate of 74.9 percent.
  • CTE is an answer for the current and future shortage in skilled workers. Experts project 47 million job openings in the decade ending 2018. About one-third of those jobs will require an associate degree or certificate, and nearly all will require real-world skills that can be mastered through CTE.
  • CTE helps students be successful in attaining postsecondary certificates and degrees. Seventy percent of students concentrating in CTE areas stayed in postsecondary education or transferred to a four-year degree program. That compared to an overall average state target of 58 percent.

Source: CTE Directions Newsletter, March 2013

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