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The Daviess County Public Schools district is proud to announce a new opportunity through our Empower U academies. The DCPS Agriculture Academy is now accepting applications for students who will enter grades 8-12 next year.
Students who will enter eighth grade in the Fall are eligible to take Principles of Agriculture, a high school-level course that will be taught at their middle schools. After successfully completing this entry-level course, students may choose from several different Agriculture Academy pathways as high school freshmen. The Ag Academy includes courses from five career areas, ranging from environmental science and natural resources to agribusiness.
Students enrolled in the Ag Academy throughout high school will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of leadership programs and experiences, including a senior year internship experience with local agriculture business and industries.
DCPS college and career readiness coordinator Amanda Jerome said, “We are proud to continue to expand our offerings to students through our Empower U programs. It is essential that we provide students with the opportunity to discover career pathways throughout high school. The new Agriculture Academy is a perfect example of this. Students have the opportunity to participate as early as eighth grade, which is something we have never done before. I am excited about this new academy and what it will mean for students’ futures, as well as what this program can do to support our community’s ever-growing need for a workforce educated in agriculture-based skills.. We are very fortunate to provide this innovative opportunity to our students and hope to continue expanding our options to meet the needs of our ever-growing agriculture community in Daviess County.”
DCPS Superintendent Matt Robbins said, “Daviess County has such a rich agricultural heritage, which has evolved to include highly technical skills and trades. We are honored to provide our students with a wide spectrum of hands-on, real-world learning experiences through the Ag Academy.”
DCPS students who will enter the eighth grade next year may find the Agriculture Academy application at www.dcps.org beginning Feb. 1. Completion of this online application indicates interest to participate but does not obligate a student in any way. For more information about the DCPS Agriculture Academy, Ag Academy courses or the application process, contact Amanda Jerome at Amanda.email@example.com
AHS agriculture teacher Aaron Tucker said, “We are excited to offer agriculture in the middle schools and believe this will generate even greater interest in our ag programs. Students can choose from five career areas – Environmental Science and Natural Resources; Agricultural Power, Structural and Technical Systems; Horticulture and Plant Science; Animal Science; and Agribusiness – among the two high schools.”
Ashley Thomas, who will teach agriculture at all three DCPS middle schools – Burns, College View and Daviess County – said her new role will benefit students in middle and high school, and beyond. “I am excited for this position to ease the transition for students going into the high school component of the Agriculture Academy,” she said. “This new aspect of the Ag Academy allows students to have more opportunities to explore their interests, and will open up more doors for their future success.”
Other DCPS agriculture teachers are Debbie Muse and Matt Johnson at Apollo High School; and Jason Smith, Craig Howard and Chad Askins at Daviess County High School.
Learn more about the DCPS Agriculture Academy and other components of Empower U at www.dcps.org or go directly to that page HERE.