MEXICO – Oswego County high school students lately explored the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s (CiTi’s) latest CTE program, agricultural studies, geared towards Americans’ rising curiosity in farm-to-table eating and shopping for regionally sourced produce and items.
Carolyn Deary-Petrocci, who will instruct the course upon its launch in fall 2022, welcomed students to CiTi’s Mexico campus to focus on what to anticipate and led them on a tour of CiTi’s sugarhouse and greenhouse – areas wherein students would study expertise reminiscent of market gardening, tree tapping and horticulture.
The program drew the eye of Chayse Madore, an junior at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School, who’s at present enrolled in a separate CTE program. Having grown up on a small household farm, Madore believes the program higher aligns together with her curiosity and background in agriculture.
“My friend had a flyer for the new program and I decided to come ckeck it out,” she mentioned. “I’m pretty certain about enrolling because I feel like it’s a good fit for me.”
Deary-Petrocci mentioned all students, regardless of their familiarity with agriculture, will profit from the agricultural studies program.
“Some students have agrulcuture backgrounds and others don’t, which I find interesting,” she mentioned. “We will be able to introduce them to the study of agriculture, while helping others furtheir their knowledge through the program.”
The CTE agricultural studies program will have interaction students in exploring sustainable farm-to-table pathways via plant sciences, horticulture, small animals and conservation. Nearly 100 acres of CiTi-owned forest willbe used to develop CiTi Farms for numerous program highlights, like beekeeping, whereas students collaborate with these enrolled in CTE Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation (HERO), development expertise, welding expertise, culinary and industrial electrical applied sciences packages to full tasks.