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Career Corner: Agriculture
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Thursday, November 08, 2018
Jacob Bales, Lane Hodges, and Taylor Hubbard stand by an antique tractor that is one of the projects agricultural students at JCHS are undertaking.
Jacob Bales, Lane Hodges, and Taylor Hubbard stand by an antique tractor that is one of the projects agricultural students at JCHS are undertaking.
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The article below was first published by The Standard Banner.

Jefferson County High School currently has over 1,200 students enrolled in at least one Career and Technical Education (CTE) class this year. CTE is an organization that gives students the opportunity to obtain technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers. Students taking CTE classes at JCHS can pick a program of study in the department and then have the option to gain industry certifications, college credit, and a work ethic diploma.

During a recent interview, four JCHS seniors who are pursuing agriculture as their program of study in the CTE Department, shared their experiences and insight into what opportunities this program has given them. Jacob Bales, Lane Hodges, Ariel Lane, and Tyler Hubbard were asked what they thought about the new workshops in the Holt Center, and Lane Hodges said, “Oh it’s amazing!” Then with great excitement he gave a tour of the paint room where he explained the rules and procedures they must follow to be safe. Inside the paint room, Jacob Bales shared, “if it can fit, we can paint it.”

Agricultural Power and Equipment classes allow students to repair and paint tractors and trailers. The students showed a trailer that was donated to the school to be used for hauling hogs. It is currently in the process of being painted and repaired, so students can use it for a Market Hog Project they are working on. Each student had enthusiasm when describing the different hands-on projects, they are currently working on.

Another activity in agricultural classes is competitions. The Future Farmers of America (FFA) hosts a competition in which students compete in several different areas while developing their leadership, personal growth, and future-career skills. The FFA team placed first at the recent Dairy Judging Contest and the 4-H team placed third. There are one in four finalists in the nation competing for American Star in Placement, and Jarret Moser, a recent graduate, is one of them. The current FFA faculty advisors are Adam Martin, Jim Satterfield, and Mike Maples. The advisors were recognized by the TN Association of Agricultural Educators in 2017 for having an Outstanding Secondary Program.

Each student wants to go to college after high school. Jacob Bales, one of the vice presidents of FFA, says he wants to go to a four-year college to major in agriculture. Ariel Lane, the other vice president of FFA, would like to go to UT Martin and major in Veterinary Science to complete requirements she needs for admission into a veterinary school. Lane Hodges, chaplain of FFA, plans to go to Walters State Community College to be an animal nutritionist. Tyler Hubbard will attend Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Morristown and pursue a program in either welding technology or the industrial electricity. CTE classes help prepare students for the many different paths they take after graduation. If your child is interested in taking a CTE class please encourage them to talk to their counselor, a CTE teacher, or the Director of CTE at JCHS, Dr. Rebecca Campbell who can be reached by email at rcampbell@jcboe.net.

*About the series, “Career Corner” is the first in a series of monthly articles about the Career and Technical Education programs offered at Jefferson County High School. Gina Albert and Jennifer Zapata are students in the JCHS Service-Learning class, who are collaborating for this education advocacy project.