AC begins to build ag education program

When it comes to starting any new program, there are always bumps in the road.

That’s not a fear for Dave Barrett, principal at Adams Central Junior/Senior High, where they will be implementing a new agricultural education program next fall.

“We’ll try things, and we’ll adjust. That’s the great thing about education,” he said. “There’s always the opportunity to do new things, try things and change.”

In January, the Adams Central Board of Education voted in favor of hiring a part-time teacher to lead the new science-based program at the high school.

The agricultural education program, as established by the Nebraska Department of Education, can take many different directions from science to math to hands-on work in a shop learning to weld, sell vegetables or raise livestock.

At Adams Central, officials have chosen to start with a science-based program that will give students more opportunities to take different science classes while getting more of an ag-based education.

Barrett said about 30 freshmen and sophomores at Adams Central signed up for the introduction to ag education class.

Another dozen students signed up for animal science, and five expressed interest in plant science.

“We’re getting good interest in the classes we’re considering to offer, so that is good,” Barrett said. “I think that program is going to grow as kids learn more about it and what it can offer.”.

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