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This program offers a science-based foundation with practical hands-on application to acquire basic skills associated with agriculture, covering everything from landscape and plant identification to animal care and breeding. Student leadership is developed through teamwork and FFA club activities.

First-year students will learn about animals, natural resources, plant identification, soils, and other sciences. Second-year students enjoy the benefit of enhancing the skills learned and furthering their education in a more specific interest in either plant or animal science.

Each year, plant science students raise production greenhouse plants for the spring plant sale and create dynamic floral pieces for district events. They also can compete at the Michigan Floral Conference and receive a student certification. Those studying Animal Science will learn to raise market-ready livestock, and all students have the opportunity to raise and compete with livestock at MSU and Jackson County Fair competitions.

The class may travel to local farms, businesses, and veterinarians. Agriculture industry professionals often speak in class to students about the jobs and college programs that lead to viable careers.

Students who are successful in this program are often self-motivated, enjoy working outside, getting dirty, and like working with plants and animals. The class requires reading, math, and research skills, and is centered around FFA Club activities.

Not sure if you are a good fit for this program? Each program has a list of recommendations to follow when placing students in classes called "SUCCESS INDICATORS". Students do best when their characteristics align with these recommendations.

Success Indicators for All Programs

Potential Jobs

  • Field Biologist
  • Farmer
  • Greenhouse Assistant
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Florist 

Potential careers with income

Career Credentials & Certifications

  • Michigan Certified Florist (Professional or Student)
  • Michigan Certified Nurseryman/Landscaper
  • Certified Green Industry Professional (CGIP)
  • OSHA Agriscience Safety 10-hour
  • Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Free College credit opportunities

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